Never Give Up

United States
February 18, 2017 9:48am CST
My son got his first job when he was 18. He loved the job but had to move out of state six months later. That was 38 months ago (3 years and 2 months ago). This morning, he woke me up to tell me he finally found a job. During these three years, people constantly accused him of just sitting around playing video games. Some even told me to stop paying his bills and kick him out of the apartment that I rented for him a year ago (we had moved to a new state and there was hope that his job search would be much shorter). The mortgage company that I was working for in 20007 went belly up and I spent a year and a day enduring accusations that I was spending my days on Facebook instead of looking for work before I finally got a call. Ryan never gave up hope, I never gave up hope, and neither should you.
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@Happy2BeMe (75123)
• Canada
18 Feb 17
I am so glad that he finally got a job. Congratulations to him. People are so quick to judge and to have their noses stuck I other people's business.
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• United States
18 Feb 17
Thanks, @Happy2BeMe . Yes, they do, and they weren't just judgmental of my son. As the days became weeks, weeks became months, and months became years, they also berated and belittled me for not "forcing" my son to find work. I can't tell you how many times I said, "It's not up to me. It's up to prospective employers."
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@Happy2BeMe (75123)
• Canada
18 Feb 17
@Chellezhere that is ridiculous. It wasn't even their business in the first place to say anything. He can only do what he can do. Jobs aren't easy to come by.
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• United States
18 Feb 17
@Happy2BeMe Yep. That is so true.
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@shaggin (37115)
• United States
18 Feb 17
People are rotten and judgemental and do not understand how hard it can be to find employment! I am glad he was finally able to find a job!
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• United States
18 Feb 17
Thanks, @shaggin . Back when I was unemployed for that year and a day, the whole applying for jobs online was still new. I spent 8 hours a day looking for work online. My brother and my mother's friend convinced Mom to turn off the Internet so that I would "get motivated" to find work. That made my quest worse. So, I called Mom's immediate supervisor, who was older than I was, but younger than Mom, and she explained how job searches work now. Mom immediately restored the Internet service and apologized to me.
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@just4him (120295)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Feb 17
I'm glad he got a job and so did you. I was fired from my job in 2013 and never did find a job. My son made the same accusations. I wasn't on Facebook, but I was blogging as well as answering every job e-mail I received. I was finally old enough to file for Social Security. It's hard being forced into early retirement.
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• United States
19 Feb 17
At this point I have low vision and am trying to collect Social Security.
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@just4him (120295)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Feb 17
@Chellezhere I hope you can.
• Delhi, India
18 Feb 17
I greatly impressed to hear this.Hoping both will always so brave and courageous due to all persons like us get inspired.
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• United States
18 Feb 17
Thanks, @kingwriter007. Al the best to you as well.
• Delhi, India
18 Feb 17
@Chellezhere Nice to you .Thank you very much.
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@rebelann (41935)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Feb 17
Patience is hard but it usually pays off, congrats.
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• United States
18 Feb 17
Yes, it does. He hasn't officially started (because he was on his way to bed). But, I know he feels so much more relief.
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@KristenH (24366)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
18 Feb 17
Great post. Unfortunately, my job search didn't turn up any good end results for me. But I'm glad I have Hub Pages and Upwork to write what I love and get paid for it. Congrats to you and Ryan!
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@Corbin5 (109438)
• United States
18 Feb 17
Congratulations to Ryan!!!! Never giving up is a source of great pride. Even though our son has a B.S. in Economics and an MBA in finance/marketing, he struggled for years trying to find a job in which he could use his skills. With an MBA, he was delivering flyers door-to-door for $10 for a pizza place. He never gave up either. So happy for Ryan!!
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