TRAINING MY REPLACEMENT AT WORK
For those not in the know, I was recently laid off from my office job (there is a list, you can read all about it). I have been training my replacement this week. Here are a few stray observations.
- •She is younger than I am.Based on context clues, she just graduated college. She is very unsure, in a charming 22-year-old way, not in a bad way. My instinct is to make her feel safe.
- •She actually wants to be an accountant.This is the primary reason I was fired/let go/ceased to be employed. I made it clear I didn't want to actually learn in-depth accounting. She is already doing more work than I ever did here.
- •She is already making better decisions than I did at 22, and I am proud of her.When I moved to Los Angeles, I dicked around for a WHILE. She is already making choices that will lead toward her career goals. She's going to be okay.
- •Showing her how to do the work I've been doing for so long is therapeutic in a way I didn't expect.With every new responsibility moved from me to her, I feel lighter. I am finally unloading the weight that had been crushing my spirit for months and months. I can breathe again.
- •She keeps me distracted from the impending reality of unemployment.This remains terrifying. I have already applied for jobs and reached out to friends, but as of now I have no real prospects. I am still allowed to stay here through the beginning of July, but if I don't have a job by then, it will be a problem. I'm okay. I will be okay. But still - I'm scared.