What’s your escape as a family lawyer? Share your experience on achieving balance and have a time-out from the rigors of being a family lawyer.
By Dan Couvrette, Marketing Expert for Family Lawyers and Divorce Professionals
My heart was pumping wildly as I descended the motorcycle down the mountain, one jarring hairpin turn after another, towards the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico.
Ironically, the Eagles’ song “Take it Easy” was blasting away through my earphones and naturally, I was singing along at the top of my lungs. It was the Eagles, after all, and it is probably the only song I know all the words to.
Left and right, right and left, the motorcycle responded to my commands with a kind of supernatural intelligence. Or maybe it was just enchanted by my beautiful singing – not likely. Whatever the case, I was feeling more and more in the moment with each twist and turn on one of the world’s most scenic and dangerous roads.
Even now, a month after that trip, I still get goosebumps reflecting on those afternoons spent cruising the Baja. It was truly an “escape” from my norm – my work, my family and the things I usually do. There were lots of “escape” moments. It wasn’t that I decided not to think of my to-do list, or some other task or goal, I simply couldn’t think of anything else. The road, the motorcycle, and the moment demanded 100% of my attention and concentration. Not 95% or even 99%. But everything. Anything less and I wouldn’t be here. I’d be a statistic.
Of course, I have other ways of escaping too – ways that are far more agreeable to my family and my insurance company. For example, I escape through jogging, travel, yoga, art, snowboarding, tennis, windsurfing, and of course, music. And I’ve now added long-distance motorcycling to the “escape” list.
So that brings me to YOU.
How do you escape from life’s demands and the rigors of being a family lawyer? What helps you achieve balance and gives you an essential, restorative time-out? Perhaps you play an instrument, or write, read, ride horses, cook, volunteer or meditate. We would love to publish your “escape” stories and feature your art, photos, music or anything else you’ve created and wish to share. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and submit your escape stories to us.