Page 4, Year 1, 4:04pm

Today is the anniversary of the second-best day of my entire life.  Last year at this very moment, I was crying my eyes out.  I cried for 2 solid hours, just about.  The dream, realized, yet unreal, had come true.

Today, I set my alarm for 4pm.  I worked this morning, being a lawyer, for a couple of hours.  I had to come home and do some more work, work that I love and enjoy immensely.  Through it all, there is nothing quite like seeing the look on a client’s face when you tell them that you are going to do everything in your power to make their situation better.  It’s the most wonderful feeling I’ve ever experienced in my working life, and I’ve had a pretty decent career up to this point.  It’s not like I had not experienced great things, as I had.  The birth of my son, learning my father-in-law got a new heart, my first real job after college, completing a $100M project on time and under budget, getting married to my dream date in my dream wedding.  Those were all very wonderful.  This one is right up there with those.  It was mine alone, really, although I had lots of support along the way.  But, no one did my homework for me, no one wrote those papers for me, and no one took the bar for me – those were all on me, and I prevailed.

Every year on this day, I will remember and reflect.  I sat here today, looking at my law license on the wall, the law books on my bookshelves, and Lady Justice on my side table.  All those things, and more, are reflections of that accomplishment.  The court cases I’ve filed this past year are a reflection of the wonderful clients I have been able to serve.  Oh the places I’ll go!

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