That yearning for something different whether you choose to act on it or not deserves to be heard. It deserves a place in your heart and mind. It deserves a place in your psyche.
One surprising thing I learned when I started to practice mindfulness is this: the mind is a very busy and noisy place.
Perhaps we should’ve learned in law school that as a lawyer, as a good and successful lawyer, we will occasionally (or even frequently) “lose.” However, it would be wrong to assume the loss is a reflection on you as a lawyer or your lawyering ability.
Make no mistake about it. Once you decide to take the path less traveled, you’ll be shining a spotlight for those who chose to maintain their status quo. You’ll meet resistance. You’ll meet negativity. This is the reason that you must be your own best friend.
If you hate your Biglaw (or even not-so-big law firm job), here is a how to guide for Escaping Your Biglaw Job. Please note that escaping any job, especially one that you probably spent many years striving to get to, is not a linear process. It’s a journey.