Following up on yesterday’s post, I have to say, I’m very grateful to have the choice of working full time right now. I may feel lousy, but at least I currently have the option of doing it. I know many people don’t have that option.
When I think about what how nice it would be to not work, I wonder how that would be in social situations. After all, when I meet someone new, so often the first thing they ask is, “What do you do?” The last time I didn’t work was when I was unemployed. Being “unemployed” implies that I will one day be “employed” again. It’s temporary, so it’s socially acceptable. Plus it was a recession, so that made it even more socially acceptable.
But what happens when it’s permanent or long-term unemployment? I’ve wondered how I would answer that question. Today I came across this amazing guide. It gives some great dos and don’ts, along with fantastic sample answers to questions.
I have an easy answer to that “What do you do?” question now, but one day I probably won’t. It’s good to have resources to help deal with that when it happens.