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Finding My Purpose

The last 26 months have been a rollercoaster for me personally and professionally. I have done a lot of soul searching. I have spent a lot of time in bed trying to get better. I have spent a lot of time with myself. Sometimes bored, sometimes entertained, sometimes happy, sometimes sad. I have laughed harder than I have in a long time and I have cried harder than I ever have. I have felt shame and guilt, but I’ve also felt pride. I have realized who really cares about me, who doesn’t, who will go out of their way for me and who will stab me in the back. I have contemplated many many thoughts and ideas. I have been scared and I have been fearless. For all of these experiences, I am grateful that I was able to have some time to figure myself out.

I have become true to myself and who I am. I have discovered “me” in a deeper more meaningful way. I decided that I like who I am at my core. I am not perfect, but I try to be a good person and I am passionate about some things in life, some of which I did not even know I cared about before; some that I knew about but was too busy to really apply them to my life. Some deep and intellectual; others quite simple but fun. For example, I really like to bake. It relieves stress. I also like to do craft projects. I never really thought I had an artsy side – except maybe writing- so this was surprising to learn about myself. Not everything I make turns out well either. In fact, sometimes I laugh at what I made compared to the Pinterest post it was supposed to look like, but I still enjoy it.

As part of this process, I have been able to let go of some of my type A anxious personality and truly get caught up in enjoying life’s moments rather than worry about the next. I’m doing things because I want to, not because I have to, and I believe that my life will bring me much more joy if I remember to do that regularly. I have learned so much about myself and my life. I like who I am and because of this I am more confident in myself than I have ever been.

Which brings me to the entire point of today’s blog. I stumbled upon an opportunity that is changing my career to mirror the change in me. It brought back the passion for the law that I initially had and hadn’t even realized I lost over the years. I feel like I have purpose again and I love the work I am doing. It reflects me, who I am, and what I believe in.

I started doing some contract work for an extremely good national plaintiff’s employment law firm. It’s discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whisteblowing, wrongful termination. It is standing up for people who are treated badly and then treated worse and giving them a voice when they may not have had one otherwise. It is representing minorities, women, the disabled. This isn’t to say that these people are weak and incapable of having a voice. My point is that the legal system is not easy to navigate, especially in employment law. Employers have many more resources than employees, and I’m not just talking money. Employers have an advantage and too often, employees are treated poorly, have their rights violated, and may not even know it or know it but do not have the ability to fight against it.

I want to take a stand against bullies, educate the ignorant, and advocate for the underdog. And I’m into it. My fire is lit. I am happy doing it.

I want to help everyone, but I know I can’t. Those I can, I will work very hard for. And with purpose. Not just to make money, but because at my core, I believe in what I am doing and want to do the best I can to right the wrongs brought on by hate, fear, ignorance, and spite. This is who I am. It is who I have always been. It is my purpose.