Well, another year in the can and another Bday. Took a lot longer to get a job again than I though it would take, but fortunately I am working again after a year and a half of being out of work. It was very frustrating looking for a job, online apps take a long (sometimes up to 2 hours each) to fill out and it sucks not to hear a single thing after spending all that time jumping through the hoops and answering the "no I am not crazy questions". Now I am thankful to have a job, although it is not what I was making before, but as I put it, my unemployment benefits had run out 6 months ago and something is better than nothing. Although I had been a saving packrat while unemployed it was close to exhausting my savings and things would have been very bleak indeed.
Although this year started out bad for me, at least I have a job and I am making money again. It is also nice getting out of the house again and interacting with people again, something I missed a lot during my time of unemployment. I am just glad that I got back to work, but I do feel bad for all the other people out there and hope they can get back to work like me. My motto is just keep pressing on and never give up looking for a job, the one I got had been one I applied at 3 months previously and had given up any hope of getting when I got a call out of the blue. I turned out the person they had hired back then for the position failed miserably and was let go, and I was the next one on the list.
I am thankful this year to go into the holidays with a job and have hopes of moving up eventually in my company, so my prospects are good and I have a lot to look forward to. I hope that anyone that reads this and is still unemployed reads this and doesn't give up and keeps going remembers, life is only as bad as you make it.