…the universe presents new opportunities.
thursday eve last week, the owner of the health food store where i have worked part-time* for 4.5 years called a “staff huddle” where she shared with my co-worker and me that she has decided to close the store and retire at the end of march.
[*between the health food store and the running store, i work full-time hours; both stores are in my ‘hood and located down the street from each other, so this set-up has worked really well].
my initial reaction was surprise but not shock, and while i felt a bit rattled for the remaining two hours of my shift, i did not feel anxious or like the world was ending. sales have been down ever since king street was closed for LRT construction two years ago. our store owner is approaching her mid-60s, and i had thought that she would likely continue to work for 2-5 more years, max.
although i slept very poorly that Thursday evening – “monkey mind,” as one of my yoga instructors calls it – was definitely going on, my two primary emotions when thinking about this life plot twist were calmness and optimism. i have faith that i will find new employment, and everything will work out as meant to be as long as i make the effort to seek out possibilities.
i am grateful to have almost eleven weeks more of full-time employment between both my stores – this timespan gives me the opportunity to brainstorm, and reflect both on what i want to do and what i could do.
over the weekend, i thought, wow – this is a New Life Experience for me -> losing a job. then i remembered that i actually have been let go once before, from my very first teaching job [lack of students, not my job performance]. that dismissal was the first instance in life where i was exposed to taking an unanticipated new direction, and that change not initiated by me is not dire.
so, here i am with swirling ideas, a multitude of options, and a sense of hope. concrete plans will follow soon.