I’m starting to feel like the proverbial kid whose favourite subject is recess, but for me, now, “recess” means heading out for lunch or coffee.
Starting this blog after I was downsized was a way to bring structure to my day and my week. Last week, when I started the blog, I posted entries on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and I’m trying to stick to that pattern.
Between the blog, LinkedIn, and related information-gathering, I’ve put in a lot of computer time the past few weeks. But I realized early on that I had to build in social time too.
I was fortunate, in my 22 years at The Canadian Jewish News, that my colleagues became a virtual second family. Our social interaction, which wasn’t technically part of our jobs, was an integral part of what made things tick.
I miss our daily conversations in the lunchroom, and the ongoing give-and-take that happens in an open office. We had each other as resource people, sounding boards, and friends.
My first week off work, I got together twice with friends who were visiting from out of town. I also spent one exceptionally long day on the computer, researching and writing. It was great to feel so productive so soon after losing my job – a rush, actually. But, at the same time, it was isolating.
I’m still trying to find the right balance. Yesterday I had breakfast with two of my colleagues, and today I’m meeting another former CJNer for lunch.
My adult “recess” times recharge me and provide balance in my life. I think “recess” – for adults and kids – is sometimes underrated.