Reinventing a Life

RE – IN – VEN – TION.

The action or process through which something is changed so much that it appears to be entirely new.

That’s what I’m doing this year – reinventing my entire life. 

Why reinvention, and not some of the other buzzwords touted for this 2021 recovery year? Words like renew,. revive, recreate, resume, restore, refresh, rebuild. 

Because they are all words that describe a process of continuing or building upon something that already exists. 

Even ‘comeback,’ the word I’ve seen praised in articles and self-help blogs recently, implies that process.

And that’s not what I need to do. I have to comprehensively redo my life – because the old one is gone.

At the end of 2019, I had a high-paying job, little debt, and was staying in temporary quarters awaiting relocation to the corporate offices in another state.  Three months later, I had been laid off, forced to move into a small apartment far away from my old home,  and was struggling with a maxed-out credit card thanks to the unreimbursed relocation expenses.  As I write this, I am job-hunting – not easy to do when you are over 50 – and starting a Gofundme campaign to pay down some of that credit card. I have no furniture and few belongings due to the preparations for relocation. And most of the people I know can’t help me with finding a new position, as they are in the same – or worse – situation as I am.

When everything is gone, when you’ve been jerked around by life, you don’t, can’t – and shouldn’t – go back to that life. I want something new, something better, at a place and with people who appreciate me and my skills. I’ll be using this blog to chart my progress, and also pick up on some of the other things I had been discussing in earlier posts.

Wish me luck.