If you are a lawyer…
Your parents assume that you do the most challenging, exciting, remunerative and ‘noble’ work in the world.
Your sibling (non-lawyer) thinks that you do the coolest job in the world because you are trained to lie as part of your profession.Your sibling (lawyer) tells everyone that he/she knows more law than you do.
Your male relatives are confident that you will bail them out in case they are caught stealing, cheating, murdering or raping and for free!
Your female relatives are also confident that you will fight their divorce cases in the event their husbands are caught stealing, cheating, murdering or raping and for free!
Your friends (lawyer) take it for granted that you would like to discuss Hart-Fuller debate, the new Companies Act or the ‘rarest of the rare case’ principle of capital punishment whenever you meet up in a coffee shop.
Your boyfriend/girlfriend (non-lawyer) thinks you do an exotic job without knowing that you either sit in a corporate office staring blankly at the laptop screen all day or sweat it out in the grim corridors of justice.
Your boyfriend/girlfriend (lawyer) thinks they are better at what you do.
Your conscience tells you that you should take more vacation, spend more time with friends/ family/ partner/ spouse and less with clients.
Your mind tells you to plan your retirement from the profession at 40 and do other more meaningful things.
Your heart reminds you that you are in this job because you love the subject, like deciphering and interpreting both simple words and intricate phrases, enjoy interacting with people and at the end of the day, feel happy about solving a problem.