Updated: Mar 11, 2019
It was already December, and it had been a week since I had walked out of my dream job interview; still with no news on the outcome. I knew that these recruiting processes took time, but after almost six months without a steady job, I was honestly pushing the boundaries of my patience.
I remember having drinks with a friend one night and he was asking if I had received any news yet. I said I hadn't, and saying it out loud made me anxious. I knew my friend had good intentions at heart, but it was then that I realized that I needed to retract and to endure the waiting alone. I knew my friends were worried about me, and that worry got amplified whenever we got together and talked about my job situation. So I decided to stop seeing people until I heard back from the company.
I remember waking up one morning with nothing to do but wait for the phone to ring. I put on my favorite TV show (The Walking Dead) to re-watch episodes that I wasn't even paying attention to, just to keep my mind distracted from the potential scenario of answering the phone and getting another rejection. I was just lying there on the couch in a fetal position covered by a blanket, without having even showered, just glancing at the phone in-between scenes. Looking back, it was a pretty disturbing scene, but you have to understand that I was out of savings at this point (a couple of friends had been generous enough to lend me some money to cover some of my living expenses), and I would be flying back home soon for Christmas and I couldn't look at my family in the eye this time around and pretend everything was taken care of, because in my mind, it wasn't. At least not yet.
It was on one of these worrisome glances at the phone that it finally rang. I picked it up. It was the HR person who had been in the interview process with me. She started the call with some small talk just to break the ice, and my gut was wrenched the whole time, just waiting for her to get to the point. I can't remember exactly what she said to me, since I had zoned out only to hear her last sentence: "So, would you accept the offer?" Wait, what did you just say? Did you just offer me the job??? Oh my God, I couldn't believe my ears! I think I said those questions out loud, since she said, "Yes, the job is yours! Congratulations!". I fought really hard not to let her notice I was crying tears of joy as we hung up the phone. It was just paperwork from there to formalize my start date, which would be January 11th, 2016, after spending the winter holidays in Mexico with my family.
As soon as we hung up, I called my mom to give her the good news. I can honestly tell you that there have been very few times in my life where I have experienced such moments of ecstasy, and this was definitely in my top 3. After so many hardships, having just been offered a job in one of the world's most renowned entertainment companies - a company I had been a huge admirer of since I was a teenager - just made the last piece of the puzzle connect to the big picture in such a beautiful and perfect design that I couldn't help but think it was all part of a divine plan. It was as if all of a sudden I was taking a step back to finally admire the masterpiece that the universe had been weaving for me this entire time.
It was then that I finally understood why all the previous doors were slammed shut on my face, since they were making way for this wonderful opportunity. I finally understood why I had to make my well-being a priority for the past six months, since the hard work would resume soon enough. I finally understood why I had to work minimum wage all those months after thinking that holding an MBA degree from one of the best universities in Canada would be my golden ticket to any job I desired. "Not so fast, Georgette.", I thought. "You needed to get your bubble burst. You needed to learn some humility first. You needed to learn how to become self-reliant and fearless, and to fully surrender to your inner guidance. You needed to fully trust and let go of trying to control every situation and of being used to having a plan for everything."
After so many years, I had finally tapped into the unlimited potential that lies within each one of us. The next stage of my life working for this company, would open the door to an array of both magical and challenging experiences that led me to live one the happiest periods of my entire life.