A few days ago my husband lost his job. Both of us work for school as custodians/janitors. Too early for that, we both thought when he was asked to show up at school for a “yearly evaluation.” Usually, an evaluation is given a few weeks before the school year starts, not the other way around. He’s been working as a school janitor for almost three years. He used to be a truck driver. The reason why he ended up working for the school is because of our girls; same reason why I have this job.
Obviously, he wasn’t doing his janitorial duties good enough. He needs to do more scrubbing stalls and always finish his daily job. After his evaluation paper was read to him, he was told he was terminated.
And things like this happen to a lot of people!
Aside from this dirty work, boredom becomes an enemy. Imagine doing work repetitiously five times a week. I get bored too. That’s why I find other constructive things after work like blogging, reading, working with exchange students, and book writing. But then again, this job gave us freedom to be with our daughters most of the time. They quit attending daycare center for three years, and we’re thankful for that. It’s always a trade-off between better paying job and nature of work.
Thank goodness my husband has positive attitude. He knows we’ll be okay, and I know it too! A couple people worried about our current financial state. How are we going to pay our bills is their concern. A good thing we paid off our credit card debts by selling two homes ( our old house and the investment house) and have money in savings. This is also the main reason why I started this blog, advocating a simple living. Less bills, less work. I’m sure for a lot of people who lost their jobs, paying monthly bills is a serious concern. Try to lower your expenses by saving money on this and that and more importantly, “live beneath your means.”
The nice things about working for the school is the employee’s benefits. But since my husband lost his job, he lost his free health insurance. It’s either he needs to find another job right away or file unemployment benefits.
When he got fired, it’s a bittersweet. He’s not happy with his job anymore. He got bored and he thinks he needs to pursue his interest. We both make decisions, we know it will be a challenging times but we’re always positive that everything will be okay. For now, he’s spending more time with our daughters since the school year is over. He does a lot of yard work since the weather is nicer. He doesn’t have to worry working with difficult co-workers, too. These are the things he’s enjoying right now. And who knows he will find his “real freedom” after this.
Have a great weekend, everyone, and always think positive no matter how hard life hits you!