Anonymous User wrote:Hi guys, long time lurker here. Just wanted you guys to know that you have all made this unemployment process so much more bearable. At a T6, I am surrounded by people who are all heading off to V50 firms, loudly planning their bar trips, and talking about what big purchases they'll be making with their first paychecks. (Even my significant other is guilty of this sometimes.) And then there's me. I still have graphic flashbacks back to all the interviews that I've had, obsessively thinking about the slightest awkward moments, wondering if those are what screwed me over during 2L OCI, wondering what made me the only person among all my close group of friends to strike out so spectacularly, and worrying about the fact that my strapped-for-cash parents have cosigned all of my loans and I have no idea how I'll be able to repay my loans barring some miraculous job that falls into my lap. Anyway watching you guys constantly hustle, and sharing in your successes and failures, have made me feel so much less alone during all of this. Thanks again guys and I wish you all the best of luck.
Glad we could help.
You know, one thing I learned back when I was in the Fire Academy many years ago was that you can do absolutely anything as long as you just don't stop. They want you to bash through a concrete wall? Just keep hammering. They want you to run 7 miles today? Just put one foot in front of the other. They want you to learn all the different appliances that fit on an engine? Just keep reading and repeating the names.
It's the same way for everything, as far as I can tell. Just keep going and, eventually, something will work out, even if it seems like it wasn't your original goal... You're going to get somewhere different from where you are now. And if you are already near the bottom, like we are now, the different pretty much has to be better.
That said, I still recommend counseling and medications for the depressed. In the same way I couldn't have made it through the fire academy without ibuprofen... Sweet, pain reducing ibuprofen my kidney doctor hates... I couldn't be moving towards my goals now without bupropion. No real side effects either.
Tl;dr - just keep going everybody. It'll be ok.