Originally Posted by Flambeur
Curious, because overall you seem to have done well by yourself. Where would you rather be in life right now, or at least where do you think you wouldn't feel like you've outgrown your life?
I am very happy with the personal aspects of my life--at least, the ones I can control for. However, I'm not so happy with the professional path I took. I actually really don't like being a lawyer. I hate it, to be frank. Yet, I went that way because I wanted to mildly rebel against a family of doctors and saw "Time to Kill" in middle school. I changed a lot between 13 and 22, but didn't inspect my aspirations. I merely re-shaped the notion of what my future life as a lawyer would be like, veering further and further from reality. Amongst other things, I wish I had given more consideration to art, design, architecture, and philosophy. I have raw talent in visual arts, but never really nurtured it. My professors in college wanted me to do a philosophy PhD--hell, some had close connections with places like Princeton and NYU (philosophy hotbeds) and suggested they could get me far. Everyone was disappointed when I told them I was going to law school. My favorite professor, something of a mentor to me, totally lost interest in talking to me afterward. He was pretty direct about what he thought of "legal scholarship." Now I know what he means. What's most tragic in retrospect is that I had tangibly demonstrated the ability to excel at art and particularly philosophy, and I really loved immersing myself in them, yet I wound up taking the "safe" route to a professional career I have exceedingly little interest or talent in.