Equipped for the Journey
Life as I once knew it has completely changed, and I have been challenged in ways I have never been before. But, I honestly can’t complain because I know that I have already been equipped for this journey. Although, I may get lost along the way and make a few wrong turns, I firmly believe that I will make it to my destination. Law school is like a road trip(You can apply this metaphor to just about any situation.
When planning for a road trip, you try your best to adequately prepare for what’s ahead. You check the weather report, so that you can pack the proper attire. You either print out the directions, or input the address into your GPS system to ensure you will not get lost. Preparation does not mean absence from tribulation, though. You can check the weather as far in advance or as often, as you’d like but nothing is stopping a rainstorm from coming. Your directions may outline each and every turn you need to make and how long you should stay on each roadway. However, it does not take into account traffic, construction, and detours.
What I am trying to get at is that the journey will not always be a smooth ride. You may experience severe congestion or confusion, like in traffic, where you literally have to slow down, recuperate, and adjust. You may have to drive past or go through construction to be built into the person you need to be, in order to be properly equipped once you get to your destination. Or you may even have to slow down and pull into a rest area. And sometimes you just might have to deviate from the plan you have set for yourself and detour exploring other avenues and being receptive to new ideas.
It is in these times that you have the unique chance to formulate new habits that will aid in your future success, ridding the distractions. It’s so easy to get caught up in the challenges we are facing. But the most important thing is to seize every moment and use it to be productive. Like, I mentioned in a previous post, “Get up and Do! Don’t sit down and doubt!”
I’ll admit, I have already had to snap myself out of my “doubting” moods. Mainly because, I have worked the hardest I have ever worked in my entire academic career since being in law school. Sometimes, no matter how much time I put into my preparation, I am still left feeling confused. But, someone from my past said something that really touched me. “It is indeed tough, but if it’s the hardest that you’ve ever worked then you can be sure that it will be the most rewarding in the end!” This hit home for me. I am not the first person to embark on this journey, and neither are you. You are merely facing what others have already met! So, stay strong and endure; putting forth your best effort every step of the way. Sometimes, the biggest disappointments do not lie in not reaching your destination based on the ETA that you set for yourself. But, instead fall within the fact that you did not do the best that YOU could have. Most importantly, you need to truly believe that you are already equipped for the journey.
P.S. As many of you have realized, I have not been able to post in the past few weeks. As much as I would love to bring you all weekly posts, I just can no longer commit to that now that I have started my new journey. Most of my free time is spent in my books! However, I can commit to bringing you at least one post per month. After today, I will be posting once every month on the first Sunday of the month. This does not mean that I will not post anytime between then. I just don’t like making promises that I cannot keep. So, I will have AT LEAST one per month on the first Sunday of the month, with a few sprinkled in from time to time randomly.