Not too long ago, my wife and I spent a few days at an amusement park where I constantly had to resist the urge to buy a wizard's cape. It was my mother-in-law's birthday and it was technically a time to celebrate (again, I was at a place that sold wizard capes!).
But I'd been out of work for months and all I could think about was the job search waiting for me back home. I had a few freelance gigs that were helping us make rent and buy groceries, but I was still consumed by the fact that I wanted a full-time position ASAP—and was having the hardest time finding one.
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A lot of people (especially my wife) couldn't understand why I refused to mentally step away from my hunt. And I really wished I could. After all, we were on vacation and I'd have plenty of time to search when I got home. On one hand, I knew that. On the other, I couldn't stop searching and scrolling. I pretty much applied for any positions I could find that seemed relevant to my career.