In November 2009 I just lost a job, was humiliated by the notion that I had failed at the very thing I’d spent two years of my academic career working towards. I was basically at a point in my life where despair had set in.
Becoming a Turtle
I equate the first few weeks post losing that job to that of a turtle because of the perceived humiliation that I felt. I almost spent the first few weeks after the job loss sort of in hiding (like a turtle in its shell) feeling l didn’t want to look for work. By December there had been a slight shift in that self-image surrounding this period in my life. I still lacked the confidence needed to feel like I could be successfully employed as part of a corporate team despite my continued job search.
A few days before christmas I was getting stir crazy the job hunt was going no where fast. I started to search for first-hand accounts from someone, who like me lived with cerebral palsy. Not completely satisfied with what I found; in how it represented me and who cerebral palsy affected my life. I decided that the only to see the change I envisioned, was to be the change.
Little did I know that the project that was started simply as a personal creative outlet would take flight. In the first eleven months it had seen 20,000 plus hits and it was then that I realized if I was to see any further expansion I would have to buy my domain. I purchased what you see today imported all the old content and my results continue to see growth.
As of today, I have been employed and am happy that I can help others, by means of continuing the site The site seen a total of 36,362. It is within the first five hits on google for cerebral palsy blog and cerebral palsy blogger on the first page for each of those terms. This post prevokes the question:
- What good has come out of loss for you?
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