As I sit in a hospital awaiting a series of tests for a loved one, many thoughts go through my mind. Will everything go okay? Will surgery be required? Will life be the same after this is all over? You know what I am not thinking about for once? My job…
Life moves pretty fast and our profession does not help in that regard. Looming deadlines, adversarial relationships with opposing counsel, difficult clients, and demanding bosses abound. The expectations on us young lawyers are great and the self-imposed pressure can be even greater. Our ability to control our lives can seem out of reach and making time for ourselves can seem even harder.
But doing just that is so critical to being a good lawyer. Healthy and happy people make better lawyers. And people who surround themselves with loved ones who care about them are usually happier for it. They are there for you when times get tough and, at the end of the day, family and friends are what should truly matter.
I don’t mean to suggest that my job is unimportant to me or that it is something about which I do not care. Nothing could be farther from the truth. But when push comes to shove, there is so much more to life than your job and I guess I just needed that reminder.
Andrew Manko is board certified in appellate practice and is a shareholder at The Mills Firm, P.A., in Tallahassee, Florida, graduating from Emory Law School in 2004. He is a Second Circuit Representative on The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors and a Past President of the Tallahassee Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.