Looking back at the last two years, I realize many things. One of the things I realize is it is easy to loaf your way through life when you're working in a classic law firm partnership. Your values are heavily influenced by the firm's values. It's inevitable. Someone else's blue and your red make a new color purple. But it's still not your color.
The coolest and hardest part about being an independent practitioner is there are no cop-outs. You decide how you live your life every day. Your values, your creativity, and your passion dominate everything.