20 February 2008

please tell me it's okay to leave big law for team obama

Please tell me it's okay to quit my law firm job and join the obama campaign without having any idea what i'm doing with my life - because that's what i just did.

I am fairly new to politics, am in my early 30’s, well educated, and have always felt pretty comfy with my own status quo. But a few weeks ago (a few days shy of super Tuesday), I woke up inspired that the time for change has come. Two days later, I gave notice to big law firm, and sent out a mass email to get me to someone inside camp obama to tell me what to do, where to go, and where my talents and efforts can be best utilized.

today is day two of not having a day job. I’m still trying to figure out where/how to best help with obama’s campaign (if you know, please tell me). Tonight I’m meeting with someone to discuss managing a local los angeles-area obama office. I mean, come on, staying here would be so much easier. I could look for a day job, I could pay lots of attention to what’s going on in the news, blog a bit, I could have plenty of “me” time.

But I’ve got something inside telling me that I really just need to sublet my (fabulous hillside with views) apartment for a few months, pack my car, and start driving toward ohio or texas or wherever. Something feels so right about jumping into the fray with reckless abandon and an unwavering belief in hope. Something tells me that it’s not just obama’s time for change. It’s all of our time for change. And something tells me i owe it to obama, to America, to the world, and mostly to myself to take the uncertain road and see where it leads me.

What do y’all think? Stay in l.a. or hike the campaign trail? What do I do? Where do I go?

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