Happy New Year! I’m Still Standing–No more Playing it Safe

Happy New Year!

This is the first time in my life that I have felt hopeful about a new year starting.  I’ve never felt this way before.  2014 was such a difficult year for me, with so many changes, uncertainty and unexpected events.  2015 can only be better, right?  Even if it’s not, I’ve been through so much and not only survived, but persevered and thrived, that I know that no matter what life throws at me, I will be able to weather it.  Now that is a new feeling for me.

Good Bye, Yellow Brick Road

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough

Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

(c) 1973 Dick James Music Ltd.

In 2015, I hope to:  sell my house, buy a pop up camper, and, if my company gets sold, I’m going to retire and focus on a new career–full time writing.

In 2015, I will have practiced law for 29 years– much longer than many of my classmates.  So I figure I can call it a day.  Been there, done that.

Believe it or not, going to law school was playing it safe for me.  It was something I knew I could do.  What I really wanted to do, was to be a writer.  But I thought that was too risky.  There are so many writers out there– good writers–that I assumed that the odds of making it as a full time career were very slim, so I went to law school instead.

I’m not sorry that I did.  I loved being a lawyer.  I didn’t like some of the jobs I had, but underneath it all, I did love being a lawyer.  I was reasonably good at it, and it certainly paid the bills.

The thing I loved most about being a lawyer, however, was connecting with my clients.  Whether it was giving legal advice or providing training–these were the parts of practicing law that I loved the most.

Although I’m ready to give up the practice of law, I’m not ready to pack it in altogether, retire and ride off into the sunset.  I still have something left to give, and I want to give it my way–through communication.

Thank You, my Friends

Making friends for the world to see
Let the people know you got what you need
With a friend at hand you will see the light
If your friends are there then everything’s all right

Friends, lyrics by Bernie Taupin

(c) 1970 Dick James Music Ltd.

I want to thank my good friends who stood by and supported me in 2013 and 2014.  There were a few surprises — people I really didn’t know very well helped me immeasurably.  It has been humbling and gratifying to learn that I have touched other people’s lives in a positive way.  As a corporate lawyer, where the client is a corporation, I didn’t get the opportunity often to feel I was doing something beneficial for people.

But I have to say, in spite of all the drama I endured at my last job, the people I worked with there have been the BEST friends a person could ask for.  I hope you know who you are; I don’t want to start listing names because I know I will forget someone and I don’t want anyone to feel slighted.  But if you have texted me, sent me notes on FB or on e-mail, especially after I left, please, please know how much I have appreciated your friendship.  I don’t think I would have survived if you had not reached out to me.

So, here’s to 2015–may it be healthy and fulfilling.

And I’m Still Standing!

 

 

3 thoughts on “Happy New Year! I’m Still Standing–No more Playing it Safe

  1. 2015 will be a great year!! I too am looking forward to good changes;) you were a great lawyer – but my favorite conversations with you were never about law;) peace, joy, love, and good health to you in 2015!!!!!!

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  2. Believing that 2015 will be the best year of your life… a year of new beginnings. Dream big, pray expectantly and live and speak like you believe it. Oh, and one more thing. Never forsake your wonderful sense of humor! Your writing is exceptionally good Renata and it is a gift to all of us. Believe in yourself, stand tall, and know that we’ve got your back, always. Go kick some butt girlfriend!

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