Dominique Browning, the former editor of House & Garden, wrote so beautifully in today’s New York Times Magazine about her struggle to rebuild her life after Conde Nast closed the magazine in 2007. I’ve read a lot of layoff stories since I lost my job at the Los Angeles Times in October, but Browning’s captures the pain and devastation most eloquently.
She writes: “Just because something failed doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Just because something has ended doesn’t mean it was all a mistake. Just because you’ve been rejected doesn’t mean you’re worthless and unlovable.”
I know I’ve been talking a lot these days about my layoff. It’s weighting especially heavy on my mind because — like Browning — we’re selling our house to start anew. This is how it goes: first you lose the job and then you lose the life.
I’m not exactly sure how my new life is going to shake out. It will be different — and maybe even better.