I woke up this morning to an email from the Massachusetts government. Apparently my application for unemployment had been accepted. Seeing as I have only lived in California for a handful of months, it was more advantageous for me to apply through Massachusetts seeing as I paid more into their system over the past few years.
Whether it was Massachusetts or California, it really didn't matter to me. The biggest emotion that arose during this process was pride. Never in my life would I have thought I would apply for and be accepted to receive unemployment- especially at 27 years young. I was raised to believe in hard work and that you are the product of the seeds you sow. I feel less of a person having to apply for unemployment. I am grateful for it, don't get me wrong. It's wonderful that we live in a society that offers this type of insurance for unplanned tragedies.
I talked to my father about it. I do feel that this experience is a valuable piece of my life that is needed for me to share with friends and loved ones in the future. This present moment is a gift shrouded in uncertainty and doubt that will flourish into an unmeasurable anecdote that could lend others some type of clarity.
They say one needs to go through trying events in their life to experience their full potential. I do truly feel that losing my job and applying for unemployment and all the uncertainty surrounding the choices I make will help illustrate one of those trying events in my life.