Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful

Kenzie of Chasing Happy is doing a Thankful Project this month and today I'm getting on board. Today's topic is a job for which you are thankful. Well, I will be the first one to say that I'm beyond thankful for my job as an attorney, for several reasons. First of all, I was lucky enough to have a job waiting for me when I got out of law school. I'm extremely proud and blessed to work for my family's law firm and I'm grateful for that opportunity every day. Does this mean that I didn't have to work hard to get here? No. I had to bust my tail in high school to get a good scholarship to college, study like a mad woman to get a high GPA and even higher LSAT score to get into law school, and then really devote my life to studying in order to get out of law school alive and to pass the Bar. Whew--I'm tired just remembering all of that. I am so thankful that my dad and uncle believed in me enough to let me work here, to pay me a salary, and to basically allow me to fulfill my dream of being an attorney. Is it a glamorous job? No--but I love it for many many reasons. I love it because all of my days are different. I love that some days I'm in court, arguing away, and that other days, I'm seeing clients in the office. Most days are a mix of the two, with some paperwork, emails, and phone calls jammed in. I love that I have a profession that allows me to interact with people on a daily basis and that gets me out from behind my desk routinely. I truly appreciate the fact that my clients allow me into their lives when they hire me. Yes, I get stressed out and sometimes tired of putting out fires or hearing sad stories, but there is nothing like the understanding that someone has put their trust in you, in their worst hours. I'm honored to do the work that I do and could not imagine that I would be any more suited for any other job. I also know that I have gained a world of perspective from doing what I do. I think it's easy to think that the world is just as you experience it and that what is normal for you should be and is normal for everyone else. I know, first hand, that this is not the case. Being an attorney exposes you to all different people with varied backgrounds, and honestly, it reminds me that there is more to the world than my little sphere. This has taught me empathy and understanding, and I truly believe it has helped be become a more aware citizen.
I'm also thankful just to have a job at all. I know that there are a lot of people out there without employment and so I know I'm one of the lucky ones. There are also many people who have jobs but they are not in their field, and so again, I know I'm lucky. I hope that everyone out there truly cherishes the fact that they have stable employment, as it is not a given for every person.

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The day I passed the bar exam! My dad already had some cards printed up for me and a client waiting at the office!

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After I got sworn into the Alabama State Bar! Hooray!

So, in keeping with the project, I'm asking you today:
What makes you thankful for your job? What do you do and why do you like it? Are you well suited for your job or are you working out of your field? If you are no longer working, are you happy in your new role? Why or why not???
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3 comments:

  1. Hahah... I just posted about how I have no idea what I want to do when I "grow up." But... definitely not saying I hate the job I have. My co-workers are amazing and I have/continue to learn a LOT! :) P.S. You be one hot lawyer! :P

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  3. My comment was negative and I didn't want to rain on your blog!

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