How Much Things Change As Time Goes By
Ten years ago, my wife and I were living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment. It was small, but we didn’t need much space since it was just the two of us and my cat. Then in January 2010, we discovered that it wouldn’t be just us for much longer. We found out my wife was pregnant with our daughter — our first child was on the way. We looked around the apartment and started asking questions like, “How do we baby-proof this place?” and “How are we supposed to fit another human in here?” Just normal, overwhelming first-time parent stuff. When I realized this January marks the start of a new decade, I couldn’t believe it. Has it really been 10 years already? Then I looked back and saw all the changes life has brought between 2010 and 2020. My world is completely different. At the start of 2010, I was not a father yet and I hadn’t even started my own firm. I was working for someone else, plugging away every day. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was 18 months away from launching my own firm. The feedback from my clients showed that they needed more innovation and creativity than was offered at that office. I was beginning to feel that entrepreneurial bug, pushing me to move beyond the limits of that small firm. As we start 2020, I am amazed where my life is today. My wife and I now have three children. Our daughter came along, happy and healthy, and she was joined by her two rambunctious brothers in the following years. Our family has grown from a little garden apartment in Brooklyn, to a townhouse in New Jersey, and we’ve now planted our roots in Minnesota.
As for my law firm? I hope things will look the same as they do now. It’s never been my intention to grow into a massive law firm. I have a great core group of clients right now, and though their identities might change, in 10 years, I hope I continue to work with the same caliber of clients. It’s refreshing to work with people who make coming to the office enjoyable. It doesn’t feel like it’s been 10 years since we lived in that Brooklyn apartment, just the two of us and the cat (who just turned 20 and still sleeps on my head). Sometimes it feels like just yesterday. But when I look at how much my life has changed, I’m reminded that time really does fly, and we should enjoy every second while it lasts.
Along the way, my firm has also grown. I started my law firm when my daughter was 11 months old, and those first few months were very nerve-wracking. As time went on, I learned how to run a business and started to have fun with it. Years before when I was in that small firm, I never expected to enjoy entrepreneurship as much as I do. Today, I have clients who appreciate the work we do together and they’ve taught me to love the business aspect of running a law firm as much as I enjoy doing the legal work. Since my time machine is out of order, I can’t say for certain what the next decade will bring. In January 2030, I will likely have a daughter in college, one son in high school, and my youngest son about to start high school (if he isn’t already a Hollywood star by then). I don’t know what that’s going to look like in my day- to-day life, but if 2019 is any indication, it will continue to be chaotic and inspiring.
-Andrew M. Ayers
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