I am a lawyer. A trusts and estates lawyer to be exact.
Every morning I get up and I head to my office at my big, big law firm in Manhattan, and it is there that I spend most of my hours.
And most of the time, I really like it. I like the firm where I work. I like the people with whom I work. I like the actual work that I do.
I realize that I am incredibly lucky in all of this like, as there are a great many lawyers who are not nearly as happy in their jobs as I am in mine.
Truth be told, I never imagined myself in a huge law firm like this one. It was always this kind of law for me, but I figured I would practice in a boutique firm, which most trusts & estates lawyers do, and besides, those huge firms scared me in a major way. But life rarely turns out the way we think it will, which really is part of the fun. Because of a 2008, mid-economic meltdown law school graduation, my post-law school path was a winding one, but when Big Law came ringing exactly two years ago, I answered the call.
And even though it was a little scary and a lot intimidating for my first few months here, I have since gotten used to it, and there are some lovely perks to working in a firm of this size. Oh, I could go on and on about the beautiful office, the smart and interesting people I get to meet, the book club I'm a part of filled with women lawyers, and even our summer outing to the Central Park Zoo, but I won't.
Because the very best part of working here actually has nothing to do with any of those things. The best part about work here is breakfast.
My firm has a cafeteria, and they serve the best breakfast you could imagine.
Feel like scrambled eggs, or an omelet with the fillings of your choice? They'll make it for you while you watch.
Hungry for a bagel? They'll toast it for you, and you can choose your spread.
There are muffins and donuts, an oatmeal bar, and all kinds of fresh fruit ready to fuel all the lawyers and other firm employees that walk through the cafeteria doors.
Most people take their breakfast back to their offices to get started on the day, but the cafeteria also boasts many tables, and TVs that broadcast all the 24 hour news networks, in case you feel like a bit of relaxation before facing the day.
Make no mistake. We work hard. We come in early and sometimes we have to stay late. We put out fires, take calls from clients, and try to solve the many, many issues that arise over the course of our days.
But we are lucky enough to do it all fueled by a really spectacular breakfast. And that's not nothing.