This post about the toxicity of long-term underemployment and unemployment among those of us who have excellent credentials, great work histories and are old enough to have clear memories of "The Six Million Dollar Man" yielded a lot of comments and emails.
Here is one late arrival from "GB in FL" that I thought I would share:
I rarely leave comments or offer advise, but something made me go back to this page and share some thoughts.
After working for the same employer for 28 years, they finally gave me the pink slip. Now I'm 57, unemployed, divorced, and living off my dwindling savings. So I can relate to some of the posting I've read here. But, here's some information or knowledge I've recently come across.
1. We are not our jobs, careers, education levels, assets, etc. We are sovereign beings with a right to exist. There are a hundreds of conspiracy theories blame our social problems on alien agendas, the Illuminati, the 1%. They say we are being programmed to depression, despair, and hopelessness. You must realize that you are not your 'net value.' You have a soul, spirit, and physical body and you can make a difference in this world.
2. Be flexible and adapt. The United States was the top dog after WWII, but now it's an empire in decline. Don't worry about it, this is the natural order of civilization. Empires come and go, who needs them?
3. Become as self reliant as possible. I'm learning hydroponics, off grid living techniques, and will eventually have a mortgage free property. We can't expect the government assistance to last forever. The system is bankrupt and the generosity of our fellow man is waning.
4. Take a look at some of the new and exciting ideas being presented. People are putting together moneyless communities. Time banks offer work exchange opportunities. You can build a tiny home or live for free in a household that needs a care sitter.
Life is attitude. I admit my attitude has been gloomy lately, but I'm starting to make a shift.
Much love to you.
GB in FL.
Happy early Thanksgiving, kids.
Take care of each other.