I am so scared.
I just handed in my first huge project. Not just for this employer, but in my WHOLE LIFE. And I have never been more nervous than I am right now.
Because I'm on contract. And currently that contract only goes until July 31. And then it ends. Just. Like. That.
And then I'll be unemployed, which is no good.
Not just because it is unemployment, but because I don't know if I can handle the stress of being unemployed again.
At the beginning of our marriage (and the months leading up to our marriage), my husband and I were both unemployed, which made doing things like living very, very difficult. With the help of God and our family and friends, we survived the 8 months of marriage with no money, although at the end I think I can honestly say that I knew what drowning must feel like. But I think that drowning would actually be mercifully much quicker.
Of course, our unemployment was brightened for two months by the employment from HELL, where I went home in tears every day and was scared out of my mind for two months. Because everything I did was wrong, stupid, and not good enough. It didn't matter that I just did everything I was told to do, or that the managers weren't so, um, good at their job. It mattered though that I was dumb, dumb, dumb. And in the end, who can argue with logic like that?
After being with the company I am now, which we will call the Dream Company, for 6 months, I can honestly say I'm not dumb. And my work is respected. And my opinion is respected. And my degree is respected. And my brain is respected. And most importantly I am respected. Which does wonders for a girl's ego, let me tell you.
But this project is still the biggest I've ever done and is still the most involved that I have ever accomplished. And it has also taken FOREVER.
Ay, there's the rub.
The amount of time I was given for the project had to be extended. A lot. And now that it is finally in, I hope that is worth all of those extensions. And that my boss will see it that way.
Because if he doesn't, I'm in trouble. And on July 31, when my contract could go either way, I know which way it will go.
And then I'll be dumb again. And unemployed. And that is the most terrifying thought ever.