I don't care what anyone says, not having a job sucks.
Quite often the newly unemployed go through a period of relief upon first losing their jobs. You're going to collect unemployment for a while, catch up on sleep and family time, and -- hey -- you're good at what you do. You'll find a new job quickly, right?
Wrong. Chances are it will take you a long time to find a job. If you're over a certain age, you might just never work (at least in a traditional capacity) again. Hate to burst your bubble, but that's reality.
I hate to tell you this, too, if you're one of those doe-eyed newbies: The longer your remain unemployed, the worse it gets. Imagine every negative emotion you've ever felt stewing deep in your guts for months on end. That's basically what happens. You can do some things to quell it (exercise, meditation, prayer, staying busy) but it's going to happen.
We have so much personally invested in our work. It defines us. Losing a job is losing structure, losing financial stability, losing relationships, losing your self-confidence. Yeah, it sucks. There's no way around it.
You know what really pisses me off about unemployment? There is no need for it on a social level. So much work needs to be done. The problem is that all the money has flowed into very few hands. It's not circulating to working people. Unemployment has created a paradox in me personally: On one hand, it has forced me to be entrepreneurial. On the other hand, it has turned me into a bit of a communist. Who needs billions of dollars? Nobody! But everybody needs a job. In a world where so much needs to be done, how can so many be out of work?
Anyway, unemployment sucks. It sucks personally and it sucks socially. Please use this "Venting and Ranting" forum to get it out of you.
When life hands you sh*t, make fertilizer.