We have spent some serious time on this blog discussing how unsatisfying our jobs are, how they fail to challenge us in the ways we desire or how they stand as an impediment to our other pursuits in life, such as family and church service. My work is difficult, especially these days, but I am happier than ever with my job. Can we have a conversation about the things we LIKE about our chosen careers? I’ll go first.
I am a lawyer. I never intended to work at a law firm (for you non-lawyers, that is what every single lawyer I have ever met said). But, I really didn’t. I was going to go to law school, then proceed directly to saving the world. Well, it’s been a convoluted journey since I started law school nearly six years ago, and I won’t bore you with the details, but today I am at a small office of a very big firm, and I really love my job. Why? First, I work with smart people who teach me how to be a better lawyer every day. They are also good friends of mine, and they support me in my work as I make mistakes and learn. Second, my work is hard, and I like that. I like that there are things I have to do that frighten me because I can’t see how I could possibly do them. I like that what I couldn’t fathom doing six months ago, I can now do with ease. And I like that the things I can’t imagine doing today I know somehow I will be able to do when I have to, just because of that, that I will have to do them, and that will force me to be tough and just do them. Third, I get to work with people from different countries and cultures. I am in an international firm, so our clients and cases come from everywhere. Sometimes that means I am traveling too much, but I get so much out of working with a witness from Sudan or London that I wouldn’t trade the opportunity away.
What about you? There must be other people who, despite the ennui of daily life in a job, do like what they do.