Law from a legal assistant’s point of view, week 6: We jump out of airplanes

By Quinton Lister, Legal Assistant

I wake up with a knot in my stomach every morning. I am not sharing that to get sympathy or to indicate that anything is wrong, I just realize my new job (being a legal assistant to a divorce and family law attorney) still makes me nervous. I am not sure how much longer it will make me nervous, but it probably will not be any time soon when that feeling will stop.  

I have never had a job where the quality of my work has mattered so much. I want to do my best because my boss and his clients are counting on that. I am confronted with new situations every day. I appreciate this because each day is an opportunity to get better at being brave and trying new things, things that sometimes I did not know I could do.  

My boss once told me about how jumping out of airplanes is quite common in certain branches of the military. Each soldier must learn to be comfortable doing something that is uncomfortable for so many other people. For these soldiers, the uncommon thing must become the common thing. I am not a soldier, but certain aspects of my job feel like I am jumping out of an airplane. I am grateful for the opportunity to become uncommon, and I hope each person who reads this can take encouragement to jump out of the “airplanes” in their own lives.  

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