I no longer think that what I have to say is unimportant and I no longer care if I think no one wants to hear it because frankly, I'm tired of being polite. So yes, I do have something to say so sit down and I refuse to wait any longer for someone to ask what I think.
While I left law school armed with knowledge and enthusiasm, I had little in my arsenal to prepare me for the realities of balancing work and life. If I could give these students some career guidance, I thought to myself, I would say the following.
Whenever I catch myself reverting to a place of doubt, I latch onto certain markers like my therapist's feedback as a reminder that my thoughts do indeed have their rightful place and that somebody somewhere is interested in what I have to say.
Wouldn't it be great if everyone could speak up for what they wanted? That was the point when my whole life turned around and I started to have more of what I wanted in my life. It was necessary to get to where I am today.
There cannot be many of you out there who believe that everything is just peachy with the current state of affairs. It's just there is a large minority of you who have, in essence, been paid to shut up, sit down, and go away.