Dealing with the shock of job loss

Job loss is a shock. One minute I was a favoured corporate princess™ and the next, I was a nobody. I didn’t even tell my closest friends what happened for about a week, as I didn’t want to go through the twenty-questions routine. But when I did tell them, they asked:

  • Didn’t you see this coming?
  • What really happened?
  • How did this happen?
  • What did he really say? (Like I obviously had made up something this terrible. Really!)
  •  Didn’t I try to rebut?
  • Didn’t I try to negotiate to stay? 

Oh, and my personal favourite: 

  • You must have done something to cause this.

Comments like that sent me spiralling into total meltdown. Already feeling pretty depressed, I didn’t want to seek out further ‘help’ from my friends and rehash everything. I reflected on the support I had given them over the years. Suddenly, although I’m sure they had my best intentions at heart, it felt like they were attacking me when I needed them to be on my side. I felt the best thing to do was to avoid Sydney and Melbourne for the time being and just wallow in misery!