A day in the life of an unemployed millennial.

I’ve been unemployed since December 31, 2018. I was fired, without cause (legally speaking). It’s actually a bit of a story that I, at one point, had posted on this blog but took down. Regardless of details, here goes:

8:15 am – Wake up.

8:20 am – Drink BCAAs and cook eggs for breaky.

8:45 – 9:45 am – Some time during this period I will drive my mom to the cancer clinic. The time she begins her treatment depends entirely on what the doctor has scheduled so it is different each morning.

~ Sit with mom at cancer clinic, through appointments with Doctor and Nurse Practioners.

12:00 pm – Return home from cancer clinic. Make Lunch for myself, my mom and my dad (if he’s off work that day)

1:00 pm – Do dishes. My mom usually goes to nap at this time, so I am left with some freedom to pick up around the house, or watch Gilmore Girls. Usually it’s a bit of both.

2:00 pm – My Mom’s awake and now in her ‘cancer won’t get me down’ kind of mood, determined to go out into the world and do something. So I will take her out to run her errands, or wander around the mall. Just something to get her out into the world that doesn’t take place at the hospital.

4:00 – 5:00 pm – This is my sacred hour. During this hour I’ll look at/update my blog or head out on my own and just wander, decompress and calm myself.

5:00 pm – Start cooking dinner. Eat Dinner. Clean up Dinner. Do dishes.

6:30 pm – Help my Mom with various things.

7:30 pm – My Mom usually crawls into bed. I’ll take the dog for a walk, or watch Jeopardy. Or both.

8:30 pm – Sit down at computer and start looking for jobs online. Send my resume off for positions that don’t sound sucky or shitty. A lot of times I’ll send my resume off for positions that do sound suck or shitty as well. I’ll also respond to emails at this time, browse wordpress a little more and, play Clash Royale, watch TV or do something mindless and easy.

12:30 am – Go to bed.

Of course, not every day is the same. But, it’s a lot of just helping my mom at this time. She needs all the help she can get, lately. And, luckily for her, she has a lot of support from myself, my brother and my father. Cancer will do that to a family, though. I admire anyone who’s been through cancer with someone in their family. It’s a lot of hard work both for the person suffering and for the person looking after them.

Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, she should have a status of being in remission in just a few short weeks. I’m looking forward to her being healthy again, because I know she wants to go back to enjoying life and not feeling so sick all of the time.

I also think that soon enough, when she’s healthy and starts enjoying life again, perhaps things will change for me, too. I’m looking forward to going back to work. I’m looking forward to not having to worry so much. I’m just looking forward to life calming down a little bit.

This became a lot longer than I wanted too. People say that I’m the ultimate cliche because I am an unemployed millennial. I think, though, that’s what happens when you judge a book by it’s cover. Or perhaps I am normal and this is normal. Either way, the most important thing to me at this point in time is that my mom gets healthy again.

That’s all.

44 thoughts on “A day in the life of an unemployed millennial.

  1. Good luck finding a job, BUT — the things you did today were a heck of a lot more important than flipping burgers or writing TPS reports for some soulless corporation. Your day was well spent and you can be proud of it.

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  2. ♡ I AM on welfare, period; he, he, I said “period” 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊

    …♡♡♡…

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      1. I have a coloring book called “color your way through chemo.” My wife went through chemo a few years ago and I made it after seeing her go through it all. She didn’t have cancer, something else that required chemo. The coloring book has motivational phrases from A-Z. If you’re interested I can send you a PDF of it or a regular book. If you don’t want it that is okay as well.

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  3. Family is far more important than a job (although admittedly we need jobs to support our families… weird, right?). The job should be able to wait. You are doing the right thing by being there. I hope that your mother continues to improve and enters remission sooner than expected.

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  4. First, screw the cliches. You’re there for your mom when she needs it most. Ok, lack of income isn’t great, but you have this time with her, which is priceless. Its good you have time worked into your day for relaxation for you. Being a caregiver is hard. Keep being you. Things will turn out well for you when the timing is right. Best of luck to you and your family!

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  5. I myself have gone through a lot – have had great jobs and lost jobs; went through tough five years with my wife with a degenerative lungs disease.
    I am considered very wise by family and friends. But I know : That I don’t know. We know so very little about life.
    In your case now maybe your mother needs you more just now and that is why you aren’t getting the job. Who knows.
    I have helped many people (though mostly in India) get jobs or start small businesses and would like to help you too if I knew your qualifications and profile.
    All the services I give are 100% free.
    One suggestion: try sleeping early and getting up early for a while.
    All the very best.
    Nothing lasts ….

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  6. Everything that happens, happens for good. This is what i feel and believe in. At this point your mom needs you more and may b that’s the reason you are with her most of the time. Hope everything will go well. Positive attitude always brings positivity. Good luck

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  7. You are brave. It makes sense that you are looking forward to better times: cancer in remission, employment, feeling more settled.

    Please consider that you’re already enough.

    Everything always changes—including perceptions, time, the cells in our bodies. There will always be “the next,” if you look for it. For example, once we have work, we focus on accumulation or debt repayment, our own family, etc. With this way of living, we’re never satisfied now.

    Another way to live that we’re trying right now (it’s hard because it’s new to us) is to recognize that all is changing, impermanent, and meet the Right-Now-This-Moment with acceptance, compassion. If we don’t love ourselves and our places Now, will the time ever be right? No, because nothing is permanent. It’s like the world is spinning clockwise so we’re running counterclockwise to keep things the same. We can’t. Hope you find acceptance Now. 💕

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  8. Sending good vibes for you and your mom. Nobody has any place being judgmental in difficult times like this (or ever). Sounds like you are your mom have a good support system in your family though 💜

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  9. Hang in there. Consider checking out ‘The Wander Society’ for your sacred hour.

    Not an affiliate link or anything. Just thought it might make that sacred hour a little richer. I like the book.

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  10. You are not “unemployed”; you are doing the heart work of being a caretaker to your mother as she battles her illness. That is the most rewarding type of work there is. And don’t hesitate to put that on your resume either (trust me I know, I recruit and interview candidates), so when employers ask why the gap in employment, you already have an answer. Blessings to you!

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  11. I have two millennial’s living here at home with me. One is unemployed. It can be a tough world out there…but I am also a firm believer that things happen for a specific reason. Timing is also everything (I know, I know…so cliche, but that’s what I’ve come to believe over my lifetime.) So, I think it is awesome that you have time with your mom right now…time to help her, spend time with her, etc. But, you need time for you. I hope you are able to take some time for yourself to do something fun, uplifting, etc. The right job will come along at the right time. Keeping you in my thoughts and following your blog!

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  12. Good!!! I am overwhelmed to say that you are rendering your pious services toward your mother. I wish to say that instead of only depending on the medical treatment of your mother, you can help her recover faster if some of my articles are read about cancer published at https://siddhaspirituality.com/. There are some remedies suggested, which you can read, understand, learn, and apply the same. I am confident that your mother will soon get well.
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  13. Hi, you just liked my book review of pink bonnet, so I came to take a look. I want to follow your blog, but can’t find a follow button. I am the mom of 3 successful kids 22-26, so I thought maybe you’d like to talk to me some time. I am in WI, USA

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  14. you are doing great work, both for your mom and for your blog.
    people stay unemployed for long periods of time. When you’re ready, it won’t be too hard to find a job (in retail, anyway.)

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    1. You’re a sweet soul, thank you for your comment. – I am finding that I cannot get hired for positions in retail because employers think I’m too qualified and thus, will leave too quickly for them to want to invest in me. Anyways, I’m still hopeful and positive things will turn around so I appreciate your sweet comment. Thank you ❤

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  15. Unemployed? No, you’re fully employed. Anyone doing as much as you do at this time is fighting the good fight as hard as they can. Good on you. One day you’ll have the opportunity to trade part of your time to someone else for money but just now you are investing in a far better thing.

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  16. This is a wonderful post. I had a friend who went through cancer. I bought her a yoda lightsaber when it was all finished and wrote a novel in her honor. You’re doing awesome things – with or without a job.

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  17. Echo DJ’s comment and those of others.
    Great job you are doing – having never met you I can say with some confidence you have a heart and a soul
    All the best to you and your Mum

    Owen.

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  18. I think that you are exactly where you are suppose to be at this particular time in your life, the things you are doing for your Mom equates to you being her God send. You are also learning a lot about yourself during this time and about the world around you and where you will fit into it once your Mom is healed. I am going to reblog this article for you as it may well help others to be able to get through the trials they are having in their life.

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