There are times when I complain about my job. I probably shouldn’t. In the wake of the Great Recession, having a job is kind of a big deal. Yep, it’s too stressful and I work too much, but having a job is better than the alternative. However, like so many other things, it’s easy to take the good stuff for granted, to constantly think about the next step, and to daydream about the greener grass across the street.
This past Saturday was my three-year anniversary of being a lawyer. I celebrated by working for ten hours. Despite an un-awesome Saturday, I’m so thankful for my job. It’s a place where I can be myself, I get to do interesting legal work, and I still have a life outside of the office. Because I dwell on the negatives too much, I wanted to make a list of my ten favorite things about my job to remind me of the positive stuff.
(1) I scored four points at the Verizon Center during a Partners v. Associates basketball game this year. That’s more than most of the Wizards scored all season.
(2) My life is never in danger at work. Sadly, this isn’t true when walking to and from the Metro. Don’t waste your money at Barnum & Bailey, DC’s Chinatown is the real circus.
(3) This was a work event:
Oh, and this:
(P.S. – White guys love throwing deuces.)
(4) I didn’t gain 50 pounds after I started working. 25 pounds? Yes. 50? Nope.
(5) Once a month, we have a fajita buffet at work. Once a month, I eat three plates of fajitas. Once a month, I have an “interesting” bike ride home.
(6) I work with awesome people. Lindsay Lohan in “Mean Girls” and pre-Federline Britney kind of awesome.
(7) Whenever I need a laugh, I can look at my cheesy work website pictures. Don’t let the movies fool you, no lawyer is cool enough for “action” shots.
(7) My bike commute is pretty sick.
8. Although I don’t earn enough to qualify as a “baller,” we’ve paid off student loans, haven’t missed any bill payments, and can buy two car seats, two high chairs, and one giant stroller. That’s a blessing I should never take for granted.
9. My job is challenging. Sometimes that means I’m up until 2:00am doing work, but I’m
never usually not bored.
10. This was a work outfit.
Rather than getting fired, our Managing Partner said I needed to charge people money to take pictures with me and donate the proceeds to charity.
Thank you, job (and thank you, Bonobos, for making those pants).