After being unemployed for 10 months it feels a little odd to get up early and shave every day again, but I like working again.
I wasn’t sure I would as I was getting quite comfortable not working, but the savings is getting really low, and living on 20% (unemployment) of my income doesn’t leave any left over dollars for anything beyond basics.
It is the longest stretch I have ever been without work and I was unable to even get my foot in a door for an interview for over 9 months. I kept telling my wife that all I needed was to be seen face to face and I would get a job, and it turns out I was right. I was certain my age was keeping me out of work, and it was probably a factor. My very first real interview and I have a job paying slightly more than I was making before and I had started aplying for half what I thought I was worth.
Even better news, I am now at NASA and will have a ring side seat for the next shuttle launch.
Life still keeps working out.