Laid off, listening to Clapton, driving a
During my first year as a reactor inspector in Chicago I met a guy named Michael who would only drive BMW's. We became fast friends. He had the fuel injected 2002tii model that we raced around town until it burned up from an electrical fire.
Since I could walk to work and had access to a Gov't car, I lent him my Mecury Capri 2.8 V6 so that he could shop around for another BMW 2002.
Soon after he purchased another 2002, he got laid off from his job as a chemical engineer, on purpose, because he decided to go to Med school.
Before he moved back to University of Texas, we went on a farewell roadtrip. The first time I drove, I realized how unrefined my ride was.
Trying to focus on driving was difficult because he was blasting a Fleetwood Mac tune through the car speakers and the car was vibrating to the music.
He explained that he always played the same tune at max volume whenever he was extremely sad or extremely happy to carry him through manic up and down episodes, and that he was both grieving about getting laid off and also celebrating his career decision to pursue. medicine.
Getting laid off is something I can relate to. I ran my own engineering Corp. for fifteen years, and as a hired gun, worked for ten different firms that hired me and let me go when the scope of work was completed.
Over the years, I experienced the same cycle of up and down episodes, elation when I started a new gig and depression when the job was done.
At some point in my career journey, I remembered Michael's approach to smoothing out these bumps and this is when I annointed Eric Clapton to be my personal musical healer.
Blasting Eric Clapton tunes through my car stereo over the years helped me recognize that each of my career depressions often led to a steep hill that I climbed to a higher place.
I drew this animated cartoon that features the iconic BMW 2002 trimmed as a dancing Ford Woodey Wagon to memorialize my own healing experiences.
But getting laid off still sucks.
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