The unbelievable has happened. After several months of furlough, my company has asked me to come back half-time. 20 hours a week. Half of my regular salary and health-care.
I have to admit – it never occurred to me that I would come out of all this with a job. I have been assuming that I would get the call any minute that I would be officially laid off. My company was extremely generous to keep me on furlough despite how devastated the travel industry continues to be but I just didn’t think it could continue indefinitely.
What this means is that I have completely given myself over to the idea that I am done with work, despite the fact that I certainly haven’t gotten the hang of retirement. Even after all these months, I tend to beat myself up for “wasting” time when I don’t get enough done during a day, even when I don’t actually have anything that needs doing. The house is cleaner that it has been in years, cooking is happening, crafts are being done, animals are happy but this is not taking up massive amounts of time.
I accepted the work offer (if I hadn’t, then I WOULD have been laid off at the end of March) and I “start” on Monday. Of course, I don’t get my new equipment until Tuesday morning, so my 20 hours won’t really start until then. Several of my previous programs have re-scheduled or are in the process so there is actual work to be done, just not sure how much time it will take. Work will still be done from home – our company has officially closed its offices until June and I will stay home until the pandemic has passed. So my “lady of leisure” phase has passed but at least it’s for a job I like. For now.
What job would you REALLY not like to do?