More and more lay offs have begun taking effect at my workplace. My own release date is still a few weeks off. But the goodbye hugs and the “Nice working with you”s have made it all more real.
Made me think of that movie from last year, Up in the Air, with George Clooney. I saw it in the theater by myself and I snuck in a calzone. Made me think of one scene in particular, the one when Anna Kendrick’s character fires her first man using the remote system she pioneered. Kendrick tells him over a computer webcam that he’s been fired. And the look on his face. That man’s performance affected me more than the film as a whole.
But I couldn’t find it! So here’s something else from it:
“Anybody who ever built an empire or changed the world sat where you are right now. And it’s because they sat there that they were able to do it. That’s the truth.”
That “truth” makes me feel equal parts suspicious and inspired. Because of course it’s not as simple as that. Being laid off alone doesn’t automatically give you the tools or opportunity to change the world or build an empire. But I do think it can get the fire in your belly burning enough for you to make steps in that direction.
If, of course, you can find the means to feed and shelter yourself and survive while heading in that direction. If you’re George Clooney? No problem. If you’re anybody else…