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Please Share this with Friends & Relatives: 'Understanding Your Unemployed Friend'

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Please Share this with Friends & Relatives: 'Understanding Your Unemployed Friend'

Post by Guest on Sun May 15, 2011 1:40 pm

Like pregnancy, divorce and sex, unemployment is one of those things you can’t possibly understand until it happens to you. Whether you left your job voluntarily or not, you never know what to expect until you’re knee-deep in “I have absolutely nothing to do.” Every day feels like the last day of a too-long vacation—you’re eager to get back to something, anything.

Likewise, the people in your life may not know how to deal with your predicament. There’s a good reason for this: unemployed people don’t like to talk about being unemployed. It's hard enough to find someone to talk to between the wasteland hours of 8 am and 7 pm—when you do find someone, you don't want to spend that conversation dragging them down into the dark caverns that you now affectionately refer to as “life." Really, given the choice, you'd rather discuss the season premiere of "Treme."

But on behalf of the unemployed people who refuse to express themselves, I’m breaking the silence. So here is the deal: Life is not the same as it once was, and neither is our friendship. Here is how to maintain a relationship with your unemployed friend.


http://www.theawl.com/2011/04/understanding-your-unemployed-friend

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Re: Please Share this with Friends & Relatives: 'Understanding Your Unemployed Friend'

Post by Guest on Sat May 21, 2011 1:30 pm

Really good advice. I am sharing it on Facebook.

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