Somewhere between Insanity and a Daydream: Funemployment Begins


Thanks to the wonderful life milestone that is graduation, I’ve more or less been officially funemployed for two weeks now. In that time here’s what I’ve learned:

1. Funemployment’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
When all your friends around you either have jobs already or are still in school, the world can be a little disheartening. Job applications are a b*tch, because the roles you actually want each require a stellar cover letter in addition to everything else, which takes time and genuine thought. Your cash supply is dwindling and ramen starts to sound more and more delicious by the day. For every reply you get from a recruiter, there are ten more from even better companies who may never get back to you. And other times, the position you want simply doesn’t exist yet.

2. Funemployment is all it’s cracked up to be.
From tanning on the deck to playing guitar and Sex and the City marathons, although I occasionally feel guilty for not being more aggressive in my application frenzy life is good. I get to see all my friends, make time for fitness and reading and everything else I never had time to during the semester, instead prioritizing my applications based on how much I think the position truly fits vs. how fast I can get something that pays.

3.  I have no idea where I’ll be living or what I’ll be doing in 3 months.
Marketing in Boston? Recruiting in San Francisco? Winemaking in Italy? Anything is possible, and it’s both brilliant and utterly terrifying.

4. I’m about to leave on the trip of a lifetime.
And could not be more excited. A quick jaunt to SF and then two weeks WWOOFing on a vineyard in Italy before traveling around for a week with a friend. While not your typical post-grad trip, something tells me it’ll be exactly what I need before the real madness begins.

5. I am beyond lucky to be where I am right now.
I take none of it for granted–I know how rare it is to be able to be unemployed for a few months with no serious repercussions and thank my lucky stars (and family) every day for it.

6. I am beyond lucky to have the people in my life that I do right now.
Without them, I would be lost and/or bored out of my mind. Plus even though they don’t realize it, they inspire me every day by reminding me just how incredible we all are. Because honestly, we are.

7. At some point, everything is about to change.
At risk of being cliché for quoting Carrie, “After all, things change, so do cities, people come into your life and they go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart… and if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away” So not all hope is lost. New adventures, scary as they may be, are about to begin, and I for one cannot wait to see where they take us.


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