I turned down the job offer yesterday morning, after speaking with family and friends about it.
As much as I need the money, and the first-day health benefits, well, if I took that job, packed up my shit, and started Monday, I would *really* need the health benefits because I’d break myself down.
It took everything I had left in order to get to Dayton. The time between when I realized things were so bad in Chicago that I had to leave and when I actually left was less than 7 days, and I’d spent the last six or eight months there giving everything I had to repair a broken friendship. I haven’t talked here about just how bad things were there.
Out of respect for Jenn, I haven’t gone into the details, but it was really, really, really bad. The worst it’s ever been in any relationship – friendly or otherwise – that I’ve ever had. There was duel blame and mutual fault and a lot of shit in there because I was desperately crazy and sick last year for the initial push that got things to that point, but no matter the reason, it was fucking bad.
I wouldn’t have come to Dayton unless things were desperate.
And what I need now is to take care of myself and recover. I need to pull my health and my self-esteem back together, and that’s not going to happen in Chicago working a high-stress job in a place where I have absolutely no support network.
It was a hard decision, because I’m stubborn and prideful, and I wanted to gun through the move and the job just to “prove” I could do it. Sure, I could do it.
But I’ve been pushing myself to “just keep going” for a long time now. It hasn’t made anything better. It’s just prolonged all the badness.
So I’m going to keep trying to get some work here in Dayton. I got a surprise check from my 401(K) payout and just got my last paycheck from my old job, so I can keep going for another 6 weeks or so before I can’t pay my bills. Hopefully I’ll have some temp stuff by then. If I don’t have anything in another couple weeks, I’ll give in and work at Starbucks.
There’s always food service.
In the meantime, I finished up a draft of the GW synopsis, finished rewriting the first 30 pages (for the fourth time, officially), and am working through the rest of the manuscript. Query letter et al will go out by the end of the month.