Without knowing your personal situation it sounds like you're excited about the possibilities for your future in perhaps a new direction. Not weird at all. Helluva lot better outlook than a "fear of the unknown". Seize the day!
I got laid off last year. It's a good and bad thing. I set myself up with a week of 10interviews, then spent the next few months travelling while talking to any call backs on the phone. Unemployment gives you just enough to get by and especially if you've got savings, take full advantage of your time off. I went snowboarding in Vermont and Utah, rock climbed at Red River Kentucky and in Arizona, and did a bunch of surfing and snowboarding in Jersey in between. Nothing's cooler than surfing and snowboarding in the same day. Only real advice I have for people like me is buy the COBRA health plan. It costs a lot (mine was $300 a month) but you can't afford to get hurt in the USA. I got injured in a BoarderX comp during that time and it would have cost me $20,000 out of pocket. Instead it cost me $2,000.
Take advantage of your life. It took me 3 months to find a new job. It's hard to get one these days, but make the best of the situation. If you can't travel or have to save money, make sure you get the COBRA and go surfing everyday. There's plenty of awesome things to do locally. Call up those old friends you haven't had time to catch up with. It was an awesome 3 months for me, though stressful. Just make sure you're managing the job search well the whole time. I ended up accepting with the first company I interviewed with. OK, that's my $0.02.
Well I didn't get laid off, but I posted a thread a while back asking around of any available jobs, and now I actually FOUND one!!!! So I start today, and I'm rather excited to start because that means that I can pay up some debts, make my bills on time, and actually eat something other than ramen noodles and crackers. (don't get me wrong, it's still good )
So I just wanted to say thanks for everyone's encouragement from the last thread, and pass that along to anyone who may find themselves in a tight and unfavorable situation.
Also, like the last dude said, take FULL advantage of unemployment, go do some things you've been wanting to do, but think reasonably on how you spend your money. I've been soo broke for a while that I taught myself to like off of . . maybe like $10 a week, but that's not that fun.
The sad thing is... I am ready to get laid off, collect unemployment and have about $5k to go travel and surf. I want nothing more than to do that right now...but I have a good feeling that I will be one that DOES NOT get laid off. And to think I'm sad about that kind of makes me sick but I want to take advantage of these opportunities that could come about...
BTW - I work for a company that is a sub-contractor to building the new casino in AC... The Revel. $3billion casino going up at a time like this... go figure..
An even sweater deal (or at least it rests better on the nerves) is to find another job. You determine your start date of the new job, or at least can negotiate it. Everyone always seems like it's an emergency to get you to start, but they can wait. I did that and took a month off in between jobs and had the new job waiting for me. No unemployment, but still worth it. I cashed in on 2 weeks of unused vacation that the old company paid out, and with the 2 week paycheck lag time, the only unpaid time I had was the first week of the new job (works better if you start mid billing period).
The old cliche is that when one door closes another one opens so you're on the right track remaining optimistic about the opportunities to be had by being laid off. It happened to me last year and I managed to go back to Grad school for my Masters, travelled to Central America, drove cross country and surfed nearly every break between here and there that was over fifty degrees, and not to sound corny but really got to do a lot of the things I always told myself I would do if I had the time.
I managed to get my Teaching certification in the meaning but luckily Unemployment insurance has been extended because my rope is running out and the Job market has done nothing but go down since I lost my job at the beginning of the recession. Haven't really had a bite on any education jobs but we are halfway through the school year so I am optimistic about Fall 09. The only thing that stinks is I don't have health insurance so good call on whoever mentioned the Cobra, get it if you aren't willing to take a chance, luckily I had the nurse at my grad school and like Chris Rock said, Robitsuson will cure anything. Good luck to you, find your way, hopefully it will be brighter and the waves that much higher wherever you land.