It's been about 3 months since I resigned from working at my former place of employment, and I must say, I'm finally adjusting to it. Frankly, I can't believe it's been already over 3 months! It seems like a month at most! I've been keeping myself so busy, and time is just flying by.
The first month out of work was strange. I felt like I was just taking a long vacation from the office. I was still getting questions from work via email. I still had email access to my former employment. People were actually requesting me to run CII reports, or change cases, and I would respond telling them I no longer worked there. Yes, I didn't work there anymore! Why are you asking me this? Because of this, it all seemed unreal to me. I still felt "connected" to the office in a weird, ghostly way. Of course I had mixed feelings about it. I wanted to be there for the person I had trained before I left, but at the same time, I felt angry. I felt like I was still being taken advantage of by my employer, and I wasn't being paid for my time regardless.
When the second month came around, I asked to be taken off the email, and I requested not to be contacted again. I felt a little badly for the new person, but the cord had to be broken. This was all too ridiculous. At this point this had to end! I confess that I missed checking the email. The connection I had to a place I had invested over 26+ years of employment was now gone. It was bittersweet, but, it was finally over.
By the end of the 2nd month, I finally met up with a friend from work. I've worked with this particular friend since she first starting working for the county, about 24 years. She is one of the very few friends from work that has not yet retired since I started working there. Naturally, I do miss not seeing her every day at work. We would share our frustrations of the work place during the week, while walking around the office by the river. I missed our walks and friendship. We decided to meet up for another walk.
I purposefully suggested that we have a walk near the ocean. It was a beautiful September day, and it was a perfect excuse not to walk around the river, near the office. I have no desire to "bump" into any supervisor or any member of management on a walk. I guess I'm still angry, and I believe I do have a reason for feeling that way. I was not in the mood for nice, fake small talk to anyone of those idiots. She luckily agreed to a walk near the ocean, which I was very grateful, especially when I drove into the office parking lot I felt a knot in my stomach. Ugg. I was very grateful that she was already waiting outside.
We had a nice, informative walk. The sky was beautiful, and the surfers were out in the ocean, and people were walking their dogs and enjoying the day. My friend told me of all the happenings and going ons around the office since I had made my "surprise" departure. Apparently, the office hasn't fallen apart yet since, but they are weeks and weeks behind in work. The girl I had trained my position was moved to a different office and doing other work. She in turn trained a new person, whom apparently was a transfer from another department, who was taking a lot of vacation time off, so the work was even more behind, and she really didn't know what the hell she was doing, but she was slowly accomplishing it. Other parts of "my former job duties" had been reimbursed to aids, and other people who were none to happy. My former supervisor asked my friend, to ask me if I was willing to come in a few days to "catch up". I laughed. I guess my former supervisor was too embarrassed to call me personally. I hope she doesn't call. I relayed to my friend to tell her I thought that was very funny.
We walked back to my car, and I dropped off my friend at the parking lot at my former work place. I cannot tell you how happy I felt to actually drive out of there one more time. I probably will go back again because of my friend, but the thought of walking inside that building makes my stomach ache. I like my "new work place" a lot better. It's home.
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