Depression Is Bad For Your Health: Their Stories Are My Story
NOTE: This article is not intended for those or have never been out of work. Do not read if you have not been unemployed during this Great Depression.
Over the last few years, I have mostly been out of work not employed. Not that I wasn't busy fiding a new career, applying for jobs that relate to my past experience in life. I had started writing and publishing stories on NowPublic as a way to create a new me with the skills I already possess. Now I see from my last post to this website years ago, my situation remains the same and that publishing has been just a part of an unrealistic dream of my own creation. I had always believed I could just do anything and be successful if I just set my mind to it. From 2009 to 2011, I tried my hand at creating my own company and business without much growth due to the continued economic depression. In 2012, I was hired and trained in a Government Funded Transit Program for the city I live in. For nine months I worked to do my very best and be safe, but was terminated with my other training class members for customer service issues, but I do believe it may have just been limited funding for our temporary positions that ended it all.
Looking back I now ask why was I laid off from my fifteen year career as a department manager from one of the largest nationwide retail companies? I loved being a manager. It was exciting with the growing economy and everyone just buying everything. But I didn't love the changes to my job as the economy started to sink in 2007 due to the worldwide Depression. I didn't like that people became a part of the equation as a means to balance cost and profit. I felt the changes in real time as corporate directors reduced cost as a means to increase profits. They did it in so many different ways and finally I became part of one of the many cost saving layoffs, to save the company by reducing payroll I was released to the world.
Living through all of this has taught me that those working and those Americans who have never been without a job, cannot even come close to a simple understanding of what is going on to a person who is unemployed. Even for me, while employed last year for nine months, while I was working I could not understand how or why anyone who wanted to work could not find work. I had done it, I found a job, found a new career, if I could do it anyone could do it. I wondered what they were doing wrong and to what reason they could not just motivate themselves to do something to get a job. Then I was jobless again and I understood. In a bad economy and with new ever changing technological breakthroughs that are replacing live people, technology has caused the extinction of many of the jobs that existed when I grew up.
So as a way to see what you have seen if you have been unemployed please read the stories you will find on the following blog from Gawker:
As for those who have a job and have never been through a lay off along with a new job search, you may find the stories hard to relate to. But for those who are working and would say they are an open minded person, please take time to read one of the many stories.
Depression is bad. It is bad for you and bad for the country.