Hard to believe it’s been 6 years…

…since I was laid off in epic fashion. It would have been like anyone else getting laid off except earlier on the day I was called into the office for the “talking to,” I was in a courthouse being interviewed for jury duty. Not only that, I was working in television and that same day I had jury duty selection was a shoot day. Click that link up there to read the rest of the story.

All this went down and I couldn’t help but think the people left to do what I, and others who were laid off that day, were hired to do that day are heroes. Specifically one person who I won’t name had to do the work of 3 or 4 people that day, and for the days and weeks following. I’m sure he did it and did it well because he’s just that kind of guy, but I hope they paid him extra for the burden they put on him.

I have called myself “self-employed” since then and so much has happened that wouldn’t have if I was still with the company. I think being laid off is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me, at least in a work profession sense.

To list all the adventures and twists and turns that have gone on… well, I can’t remember it all but I’ll list a few.

I published 2 children’s books.

I went to the Bahamas with 2 of my nieces.

I went to the Bahamas again with brother and 3 of his kids on a Christian mission trip.

I’ve been able to visit family in Florida pretty much whenever.

Went to Missouri with my brother for a week, for two summers.

I DIDN’T have jury duty, the judge had compassion after I told him I was laid off during the jury selection lunch break

Went on a road trip to the east coast, then down to Orlando.

I’m with my pups a lot more than when I worked the normal “9 to 5” job.

I have delivered for Amazon, Postmates, Uber Eats, and helped my neighbor with tons of projects that are usually pretty fun.


I’m sure there is a lot more but those are just a few I could think of off the top of my head. Click on the ones that are highlighted for more about each adventure. I don’t think I will be going back to the typical desk job anytime soon because I really have enjoyed working mostly from home and being able to set my own schedule.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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