Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Letting the cat out of the bag

Until Sunday, Colin was the only person I’d mentioned my law school aspirations to. The mention was in passing – it involved no long or drawn out conversation – and he told me to do it.

Early on Sunday afternoon, I met Lucy for coffee at Starbucks. She’s starting on her MSW at a local university later this month and I admitted that I, too, am considering going back to school. Law school, I said.

And Lucy, being the very best friend I could ever ask for, lit up. “You’ve never even mentioned that before,” she said. “And you’d be really good at it.”

It’s true. I’ve never expressed an interest in law school to Lucy. It’s something I’ve thought about before, I told her, but never really vocalized. I mentioned it, in passing, to my mother while in college and she balked at the idea. Law school, my mom said, sounded as horrible as her elder brother and sister, both of whom happen to be lawyers.

My mom’s comments were enough to shut me up for four years.

When I got home from coffee with Lucy, I slipped the law school idea into conversation with my mom.

Her reaction? Much the same.

Is it because you think that it would be easier to find a job?
I’ve seen your Uncle Alan in court and, to be honest, it doesn’t look like any fun.
Don’t you think that there are already a plethora of lawyers?

Thanks for the support, Momma.

I told her that I would think about taking the LSATs, just to see how I’d do, and decide where I’d go from there.

Then I tucked my tail between my legs and wondered why I opened my mouth in the first place.


Laurie said...

I am sure your mother will warm up to the idea in the future. Your friends seem to be very supportive and they know you best.

Go for it!

Anonymous said...

that is definitely a step towards moving forwards, no harm in taking the test to get a little "preview" of the lawyer'ness! much luck to you!

Heather said...

dude, i'm 27 and i just started figuring out what it is i want to be when i grow up, and amazingly, my parents' opinions - while important to me - have little bearing on my actual decision. if you know now, i say you seize the damn day and go for it, full force. take the test. worst case, you say 'hey, this shit isn't for me.' so you waste a little money and a little time. but you'll never wonder 'what if?' and in the big picture, it's the little 'what if?' questions that haunt you and haunt you and haunt you.

and in the absolute best case? you discover something incredible about yourself. you can never know too many tremendous things about yourself.

the world will keep spinning and time will keep passing, regardless of what you do. all i can say is to take every opportunity you can. i've met many an amazing person doing things because the fancy struck; i can only imagine what would happen to me if i started listening to my deep-seated desires.

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