I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog since this past summer. The idea came to me while reading other, mildly interesting, posts. I thought, “If so-and-so can do it, why can’t I?” (This is generally my attitude towards life so it’s no surprise it came up in this context.) The one hitch was – who the hell would want to read what I write? I don’t even know if I would want to read what I write!
After months of bouncing the idea around, I decided to give it a shot. Before law school, I led a much more artistically enriched life. I had loads of free time to explore photography and work in the darkroom (yes, I actually used a non-digital camera at one point in time!). I had time to study foreign languages. I was doing theatre. But the logical, more academic side of me was not being challenged as much as I wanted. Honestly, it’s partly why law school was so appealing – crosswords and Jeopardy! can only do so much. It was time for a new challenge.
But now, after three years of learning the law and applying it to the facts, my creativity is stifled. This “new challenge” has presented many sub-challenges: namely, how do I balance my creative desires with a severely limited schedule filled with reading case law and prepping for exams? Don’t get me wrong – I’ve found that I really do love studying law and I cannot wait to be done with school and actually practice. But to achieve balance in life, there has to be something on the other side of the scale. My life has been consumed by law school and with the bar coming up and work starting this fall, there must be balance to ensure I become/remain a well-rounded adult. There is some room for this in legal situations. For example, there are occassions where the law is clearly not in your favor and you really need to assert some creative, Fox-News-style spin to make it work. Usually, though, it’s a pretty ambiguous situation that really could go either way. My creative self has been suffocated by legalese and I need to resuscitate it.
I think I’ve found my next new challenge.