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Navigating a Path Forward

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Apr 24, 2017 in The After-3L Life

One of the big challenges I suspect a lot of us have is figuring out just what exactly we’re supposed to do in life.

Not necessarily with the super-small stuff of course. We wake up every day, eat breakfast, bathe, etc etc etc.

And not necessarily with the super-big stuff; we get an education, a spouse, a job, etc etc etc.

But for that vast expanse of life in between those two things, what are we supposed to do? When do you make a leap to try a new job, or move to a new city, or pick a new hobby? Do we stick with what we know and develop our expertise? How do you tell if you’re meant to do something else?

(I feel like these are maybe mid-life crisis questions? 😂)

For the first 19 years of my life, my focus was on school. Then I dropped out of college, so the next 5 years were focused on (i) surviving and (ii) getting back into school. Then I made it back, so the next 4+3 years were spent getting my bachelors in computer science and then my law degree. The next 3 months were focused on studying for the bar exam. Then the years after that were focused on starting my law firm and building it to a point I could pay some bills, including the exorbitant amount of student loans I used to finance 9 years of education plus a 5-year hiatus’s worth of interest.

Key point though is that there was always a specific, well-defined goal to reach and a specific, well-defined path to get there.

But now… what?

I turned 36 back in March. I totally realize on the Scale of Oldness that 36 is “not old,” but I can’t help but feel like I am. I’ve fallen into this rat race of churning through cases at the law firm to make rent each month. Spend some time each day chatting on social media. Hang out with 雅雅 and Samson. But don’t really feel like I’m moving forward toward any given objective beyond rent-paying (which is a fantastically low goal in life).

It’s terribly frustrating, especially for someone who’s climbed up from how far down I was back in 2000. And the way forward is a complete mystery to me.

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