I met the managing partner of my old firm at a conference and asked if he would consider having me back. He welcomed me with open arms. I was overjoyed. The thing is, I left practice ages ago. Leaving law was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

I've switched fields entirely since then, went to grad school, love my new job, etc. This morning I still feel vaguely unsettled, though, like my brain is hauling out flashing neon signs to tell me I've made a huge mistake.

I think I had conferences on my mind after reading this piece on The Awl. But the rest? What does it mean?