In addition to staving off acute mental illness, play gives you a way into your larger self. You know, the self that is far more than a lawyer. Play is how you stretch and learn what you’re capable of at the moment, and what you might like to get more capable at.
These “truths” about leaving law and finding an alternative legal career only work in the context of depressed, dysfunctional people. They’re a profession-wide form of group-think. They get reinforced constantly. That’s why they feel so deeply true.
But theses stories are not TRUTH written on high. They’re only stories you are choosing. And they’re sabotaging your efforts and making you miserable. Maybe it’s time to start re-writing your tired, dispiriting plot lines with some new truths that make it a helluva lot easier to get out of bed