I've officially resigned. FUCK! Middle aged, white male living in South Africa, and I resign my job before I have another one. That's probably dumb, but the alternative was to get so ill that it would kill me. No jokes.
I've been working since I was 16y and 4 months old. I'm 55. Have only been unemployed for a period of about 6 months whilst I was on a trip to Italy. Other than that - have always had an income. And I've never been in a situation where, when I wake up in the morning I actually have a panic attack, and throw up - just on the prospect of having to come to work.
So what happened? Well, as per my previous post, I'm not a good fit here. Management have their opinion / ideas, I have mine. If I can't implement mine, I don't believe I can fulfill my duty, so how the hell do we move forward? Easy, they get someone else who will be a yes man, and I go and do something else. Managed to negotiate that I work one months notice (this will be a looooong month), and they pay me one extra month as notice / severance. So basically, I'm kind of sorted till end October. And then the proverbial shit hits the fan.
The Princess is very supportive, but I'm not sure that she's handling it as well as she shows / says - it's probably her way of supporting me at this time.
I've been physically ill for about 10 weeks. Like stress pains in the gut (you guys have all had it at some point in time) but mine has been 254 hours a day! Wake up, throw up - start the day! No appetite... and losing interest in almost everything. No energy.... It's a serious fuckup!
Anyway, have sent my CV out to a couple of places - not holding my breath.
Yesterday the Princess and I went out for a drive, and to have lunch. Landed up at Gilroys (LIU). And there we bumped into a couple we have known for a long time, but have not really kept in touch with. We shared a table, and caught up on all the family stuff, and skinner.....
The guy tells me he's just been retrenched! I know he's been working for a good company for a long time, with a lot of travel into Africa, away from home a lot (earning USD), so he's done ok. Also tells me that with his retrenchment package he bought and paid for a place in Blobergstrand!!! (LIU). Not too shabby. Now he's going to be doing consulting work (is already into the game) and looks like he's going to be stationed in Mauritius! Really! And, best part, offered to chat to his boss about giving me a job!! Hell, I would work in Nigeria right now!
I really hope this comes off - not for the location, but the opportunity to work off shore (read tax free), earn USD ( Read x multiplied by 10!), and get my sanity and health back.
Reality check - In South Africa you have to be either Black (Previously Disadvantaged) to get a job (big salary, even if you don't know what you doing), or a graduate (preferably black, but....)
In Africa (outside of the RSA), big companies are looking for experience. They want guys who can do the job (no degree required), who have no small chidren to worry about / contend with, who are happy to work away from home for extended periods of time.......
The problem with this is that most times, this is solo - the wife does not / can't go with. But thee Princess and I have discussed it, and if this is what I have to do for 2 - 4 years to get ourselves into a better financial situation - well, that's what we have to do.
More to follow, I'm sure