However, readers who belong in this category can find solace in my situation as I have moved out of this tag and are very much a better person after that awful period. I have learned to be more flexible than before and very opportunistic. It is as if my honing radar is very switched on now to look out for opportunistics. I remembered I took on a life-changing opportunity to work and teach in China only after a short discussion with my wife. Prior to that, I would not even entertain such thoughts more out of not wanting to come out of my comfort zone than anything else. I also became more resilient as a result of that prolonged period of joblessness. Something happened during that period and I could feel that something inside of me has changed. I am sure many people in prolonged unemployment will agree with me on this.