I’ve been very stressed lately; not from working too much — I’m in a position to delegate a lot of work to more junior associates, but from something else. I think it’s the expectation that’s been placed on me. I’m no longer the associate who goes from one discrete task to another, doing each one well, but rather the lawyer who’s responsible for significant aspects of cases.
Honestly, I’ve never been more tempted to take my 2010 bonus and run. The added stress makes me feel like I am wasting the prime of my life doing something I’m not naturally suited to do. I’ve adapted myself to perform well as a lawyer, but it doesn’t fit my personality. I need to figure out what I was born to do. What’s my passion? What’s YOUR passion?