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5 comments | May 3rd, 2012

(story submitted anonymously, by a Chestist)

Losing a job can be hard. Thinking you're going to lose it and waiting to be told you have, well, that just sucks.  Here's her story:

My company is "downsizing".  I hate that word, "downsizing".  To me it's just a bad euphemism for "you're probably going to lose your job" and I'm so afraid I am.  Everyone's supposed to find out over the next few weeks.  I'll probably get an ulcer between now and then. 

I don't think the odds of being among those who aren't let go are that good.  I'm pretty realistic and know I'm only okay at what I do.  I'm okay with that.  I'm not okay with being unemployed and having to look for work and worry about money and cut-back on the very few small luxuries I allow myself now.  I'm not okay with that stuff at all.

It's also just like waiting for someone to die.  You know it's going to happen, but it's still weeks away.  How am I supposed to function while I wait for them to tell me I've been downsized? {end story}

Have you ever been in a position where you're anticipating really bad news?  How do you deal with it, or was it just all consuming?  Would you rather have a warning, or just let the shoe drop, boom, over?  Let's #discuss.

5 comments

  • Been Fired

    Posted on May 3, 2012

    Don’t wait till you hear, girl. Start looking and getting ready. Be prepared! I hope it all works out for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on May 3, 2012

    Anticipating the negative is horrible.

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  • Lu

    Posted on May 3, 2012

    I’ve never lost a job but I have gone through times when I was pretty sure I was going to. It is so stressful. Like the comment above, anticipating the negative is so hard and can take such a toll. Try and remember that lots of successful people have lost jobs for a lot of reasons. You will find another. Good luck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on May 3, 2012

    My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 4 months ago. Every time the my phone rings, I anticipate bad news. I live 2000 miles away and can not be with her as much as I want. I know her time is short. Sometimes I almost wish it would just come. She would be out of pain, and we wouldn’t have to wait. It has been really hard on my dad. Then when I think this it makes me feel guilty.

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  • Anonymous 2

    Posted on May 3, 2012

    I went through my own version of what you just said. I know what it’s like to wish for the end to come even though it means you’ll lose someone you love. I also know what it’s like feeling guilty for it. I wouldn’t say “don’t” since it won’t matter if I did. Keep in mind that you are not wishing for them to be gone but for this to be gone. There is a very big difference.

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