“So, what’s it like being unemployed?”, everyone keeps asking me.
“I don’t know,” was my typical answer. For the first few days, I didn’t feel whatever it was I was supposed to feel. Now that I’ve been officially unemployed for six days (five, if you discount the holiday; in fact, three, if you also discount the weekend), this is what it feels like:
It is true that I can wake up any time you want, except I wake up by default at 7:00 am, and in fact this morning I woke up at 5:30, for no reason at all.
It is not true that there is nothing to do when you are unemployed.
It is true that you can do anything you like, provided you have no limitations. My limitations are transportation and significant physical movement, because of my neck injury. So for the times that I have been home, I have not done any yoga, or running, or walking. I have, instead, been in front of my computer, or on the bed.
If I am in front of the computer, I am playing any or all of these things:
– Call of Duty 4, online
– Neverwinter Nights 2, offline
– World of Warcraft. I started my 10-day trial yesterday, and I seriously believe World of Warcraft is worse than weed. It is CRACK.
Sorry, geek boys and girls, but it is not a joy for me to spend eight hours in front of a computer. I like being outside. So I have been, or I have been trying. When I can hitch a ride to the city, I am either hanging out with friends I have sorely missed, or in a game development-related meeting. Which is my life, and I like it that way.
It is true, though, that you can’t live your life just like the old days, because where would you get the money? This hasn’t hit me yet, as I can still survive from my last salary drop – maybe when paydays arrive and I realize my cash is not regenerating like mana, I will worry. Staying home does cut costs. And I have stopped bringing my primary credit card outside. (My secondary credit card, with a smaller credit limit, stays.)
It may or may not be true that it is hard to find a new job. But I can’t comment on that yet. But yes, shit, there is plenty to do.
Next week, it will be a different story 🙂