It’s okay to cry: An insider’s perspective on surviving sudden paycheck detachment syndrome

“Kevin, sorry but you’re a cost center, we’re going to have to let you go.”

The words struck me first like a punch to the solar plexus knocking the wind out of me, followed by an uppercut to the jaw sending tears streaming down my face.

I wondered how I was going to put food on the table with a newborn at home, and what the hell a cost center was.

Over the next five years, I’d hear similar words four more times as I was…