[quote="Michael_Saint, post:2, topic:200592"]
God does call some people to be lawyers. He does not only call people who "aren't good enough for apologetics and evangelization" to be lawyers.
When I was young, I used to hear about callings to secular "vocations", but I never hear that any more. When I hear about things of that sort, it's usually in the context of being called to the married life, as opposed to Holy Orders. It's interesting to see this stated here. Would it perhaps be more accurate to say that God calls us to place ourselves in certain situations for a reason, as opposed to a secular profession? And for most people, I wonder if the call is simply to secular (probably married) life.
Well, anyway, I have no advice to offer here at all, other than to note that I'm a married man, with two young children, and that I've been practicing law for 20 years. For many of those 20 I've wanted to do something else, and I've known exactly what that something else is. Worries and second guessing have kept me in the practice of law, combined with the fear that my true aspirations were unrealistic and that following them would harm my family.
Was I right to keep at this? I don't know. But after 20 years, I'm a true secular success, but I regret being in my profession, to some extent, every single day. That's never going to change. But after 20 years of being a lawyer, it's very difficult to get out.
Does this provide a lesson for you? Maybe, maybe not. But I found that as my dislike for the law became more and more intense, my close friends and family usually simply passed it off as a stage, or because I was working on something stressful, and would suggest that as little as a vacation would clear it up. It didn't. Maybe your situation is different.
But, on the other hand, I'm sure just quitting my job and letting my family fend off the economic wolves wouldn't have been good either, and those who always recommended that a person stick with one job until they found another were usually correct.
On writing, it's interesting that I've sometimes received the recommendation that I write. And I used to too, but I no longer have the time to do it. I do think that making a living as a writer is fairly tough, but I don't know that much about it.