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12th-Mar-2008 09:40 pm
GL - Nia - I want to see the world anew
Dear World,

Though it's hard sometimes, I love my job. I love that I can do what I can do, and I love that I'm learning more so I can do more. I love that sometimes in the middle of what I'm doing I think, Yes, this is where I'm supposed to be, and there are those priceless moments in which I think,
I am here in this world for a reason, and this is my reason.

And hey, I get that not everybody loves this job, and I sure get that a whole lot of people don't love the people who do this job. I get that from my own family often enough, from the relatives who tell me, Go corporate, that's where the money is, from my brother, whom I love dearly, but who thinks lawyers are scum and won't hold back that opinion even from me, from my uncle, who backed away when he heard that I'd be qualifying soon - and even though some of it is in jest, I can't say I'm completely unaffected.

But it's not going to stop me.

I get that most people's experience with lawyers haven't generally been the sort that leave favourable impressions. Hey, I get that most people's experience with lawyers are pretty darn godawful never-to-be-repeated I'll-never-touch-a-lawyer-with-a-ten-foot-pole experiences.

My first experience with the legal profession was an experience like that, after all.

It left such a deep impression on me that it was the biggest unspoken reason I became a lawyer. It's the one I rarely ever talk about. But I know how awful it is to be on the other end of a nasty situation (and I'm not even going to say nasty lawyer, because the situation is sometimes bad enough that whether the lawyer's good or bad makes no difference).

And I'll never forget what it feels like. There's so much fear, anger, and frustration when you or someone you know is on the recieving end of the law or a nasty lawyer. But it doesn't take away the good that lawyers can do, and are doing, in the world. We're not perfect. Nobody is. There sure are a lot of lawyers out there who could be doing a lot better. There sure are a lot of lawyers out there who shouldn't be lawyers at all. But there are lawyers out there who are making life easier for their clients and for the people who can't afford lawyers, by volunteering and just doing their best. And I think that that shouldn't be forgotten.

I've always thought that the problem with the world was that you never heard enough about the lawyers who were doing good in the world. Most of what everybody hears and remembers are, Guess which lawyer ran off with what spectacular sum of money? Guess what they're suing for? Guess who's helping them sue for it?

You want jokes about why hell's got all the lawyers? I've heard all of them.

And I know I'm going to develop a much more robust attitude towards this, but I'm still new to this, and every time I hear of someone who's had a bad experience with a lawyer, however near or far away to my life it is, I can't help but think I'm sorry. I'm so sorry that that happened to you. And I wish you'd met someone else who could've showed you that lawyers aren't all like that, and that it doesn't have to be that way. Just like the way I'm disgusted for hours and outraged on some indefinable level for longer than I should be whenever I read about a misbehaving lawyer in the papers, as I think, This is why people hate us!

But, you know what? There are good people in this profession, too. People who don't forget that it isn't all about the money. There are so many ways in this profession to make a good difference in this world. Sure, we have our share of total bastards. But so does every profession. We have people who make lawyers ashamed to be lawyers.

But we're not all like that.

You can be a lawyer and a good person. I've met people like that: lawyers who are kind, gentle, and completely wonderful people, people who made me think, I want to grow up to be like you. Lawyers who are kind to those whom they work with and to those who they're up against. Lawyers who have shown me that even in the most heated legal battles that there is room for courtesy, and there is room to respect everyone you're dealing with.

And God help me, I'm going to grow up to be like that.
And I'm going to do everything I can to not become the sort of lawyer I'd be ashamed of sharing a profession with.
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12th-Mar-2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
NII-SAN! ^__^

I think you'd make one awesome lawyer.
As long as you love what you do, I'm sure you'd do just fine! ^^

I've really respected lawyers since I was a kid, I actually thought of it as a career once, but bahh, I'm too lazy. not good with words and afraid of expressing myself infront of people I'm not close with. heehee.

So I really respecct people who actually do that. I mean they look so confident!

I totally know what you mean. I mean sometimes people think 'God, why are you wasting your time in front of your computer drawing.' Or 'Lol, all you do is draw and colour on the computer, what's so hard/interesting about that?'

It's kinda what you mean but with your profession instead ya? Heehee. (I hope it is, if not I'm reading thing wrong again *gets bricked*)

Ahhh.. To hell with these people.
We enjoy what we do. It's all worth it right?
^0^
12th-Mar-2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
I FORGOT TO SIGN IN.
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12th-Mar-2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
AND SORRY FOR THE HALF POST ABOVE.
My computer's been acting weird.

*runs away*
12th-Mar-2008 03:37 pm (UTC) - omg sweetie HIIII ♥
I knew it was you! *loves* Even if you're not logged it, I'D RECOGNISE MY CHROME ANYWHERE.

Oh my God, every time the words "my cute little Chrome" appear in my head, I THINK ABOUT TALES OF THE ABYSS AND PEONY GOING ON ABOUT HIS CUTE LITTLE JADE. ♥

It's okay, sweetheart! MY COMPUTER ACTS WEIRD TOO SOMETIMES ♥

*omg goes wherever you go* ♥
12th-Mar-2008 03:45 pm (UTC) - NIISAN LOVES YOU
♥ HELLO SWEETHEART ♥ (OMG I'LL BE SEEING YOU SOON ♥)

Thank you so much for believing in me, dear. ♥ Sometimes I don't believe in myself and I go all I CAN'T DO IT!!! (even worse than dame!Tsuna) - and - thank you. ♥

Heeeey, you never know! *grin* I've met so many people for whom law was not a first career choice: I've met lawyers who were gravediggers and scientists and policemen and teachers first, and lawyers whose first degree/education qualifications were in literature, economics, business, accounting, etc. - the door is never closed. One of my classmates in my first year in law school was a 35-year-old Scotsman whose first career was gravedigger, and because of that I've always said, you can come to law anytime. ♥ If you ever want to change your mind or change your profession one day, or anything, come talk to me! ♥ I would so love to have you on my side. ♥

I have faith in you! ♥ Sometimes I trip over my own words and I can be horrifically shy.

YOU ARE GREAT AT THINGS TOO, YOU KNOW? ♥ AND HEY, ALL THAT COMPUTER DRAWING TIME TRANSLATES TO GREAT SKILLS. Not everyone recognises how much work goes into being good. OR HOW MUCH COMPUTER TIME ♥

Or 'Lol, all you do is draw and colour on the computer, what's so hard/interesting about that?'
XDDD I CHALLENGE SUCH PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY DRAW ME SOMETHING PRETTY, THEY WILL SOON REALISE WHY IT'S HARD. ♥ AND WHY IT CAN BE INTERESTING.

I'll never brick you, sweetheart! *loves* And you got it exactly right. ♥ It's like that, how sometimes people who aren't in it don't get it. It's not their fault, sometimes, I can imagine if I weren't doing this I'd find it hard to understand.

♥ Sometimes it's good to hear what other people have to say, even and especially the negative comments, because it just builds in me the conviction to say, I'm not like that, and I'm not going to be that sort of person. Sort of like how even when you have role models, you need anti-role-models too, so you know the kind of person you don't want to be. ♥

IT'S ALL WORTH IT. ♥ Not all the time, but when it's worth it, there's no better feeling in the world. ♥

*HUGS YOU*
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