- Reorganized my apartment
- Had 2 job interviews
- Collaborated on a new TV show to pitch to networks
- Taken meetings to discuss 3 different viable business ventures
- Never slept past 10am
- Reorganized my iTunes
- Made plans to visit my sister this weekend
- Gone on 2 auditions
- Ran a successful comedy show out of a gym
- Not really relaxed, partially because when I do there's a voice screaming in my head YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB ANYMORE!
I met with some former colleagues last night. They had all moved on from the company that laid me off. I appreciated their outrage and sympathies, but the funniest part of the night was their simple demand:
"Take the rest of the week off."
I took in their demand but had no idea how to process it. What do you mean not work? I made them list the things I can and can't do:
- No full-time job hunting
- You can work on comedy stuff
- You can handle anything time sensitive
- You have to relax
I told my sister about these orders and she paused for a minute and then said, "Your relaxation is most people's slow day at work, so you shouldn't be as nervous as you sound."
When did I become this dork that wants homework over the holiday?
Well, perhaps it all started when I was 11. That was when I went out and got my first job. I showed my father my business proposal. It was a piece of construction paper with a baby drawn on it stating that I could be a mother's helper, my fee was $5 an hour for watching the older of two boys that lived across the street from me so the mother could handle her newborn. My father deemed it a solid plan and let me leave it in their mail box.
That contract got me years of lucrative baby sitting work, until I was legally allowed to work. Then, it was bagging groceries, answering phones, working at Starbucks...
and then the job I just got laid off from.
And even during that job I had jobs. I was always working on freelance or comedy.
OK, mostly comedy, at night. There was a point where I would do 10 stand-up shows a week and work 8 hours 5 days a week.
This is why my friends want me to relax.
So, I'm relaxing. See? I'm just up early, writing a blog... relaxing.