In America, optimism and endings usually can't occupy the same space. We expect the whatevers such as a plum assignment to continue, forever. But The Over happens.
Rarely do we like it, even if we put it into play. I was the one who told Motley Fool that I was burned out in contract blogging about the variables which could affect the value of public companies. Yet, during The Over I stewed. I imagined how things could have gone so my analytical abilities hadn't gotten fried. I guess that kind of emotional process is called "mourning." Traveling through grief isn't pretty.
The good news about endings, I am finding, is that we can take the experience, run with it to find other work or keep it in mind for months or even years until it can be levered. Recently, the latter is exactly what happened.
In doing deep digs on companies for Motley Fool, I gained expertise in the casual and fast dining niches in the restaurant industry. A few weeks ago there was a bite from a New York professional services firm to do a report. When it finally got around to interviewing me about the specifics, it turned out the content was to be those pieces of the restaurant business. The firm asked how long ago I covered parts of the sector. My answer, which indicated the experience wasn't yesterday, didn't deter the process from moving forward. Yesterday, I began actual work on the the assignment.
When that ends, rather than mourning I might see the glass as half full. The content is what will get me The Next.
Takeaway: Adapt to endings. Everything changes, even in what seems to be lasting.