Weekly Writing Challenge: Backward

Sitting in my black vinyl chair, as I looked around the oval shaped table, I saw other faces which, similar to mine, exposed mixed emotions of excitement, nervousness and, above all, wonderment, I realized that this was it. It took me almost a year to make a decision, and today marked the result of my decision. I was going to be a lawyer.

So a lawyer, huh? God, I can’t tell you how STRESSFUL it was to decide my future career path. Give me lion taming at a circus any day instead. What’s even more surprising is that I never considered law as a prospective career choice. Which, I guess, should have been an option, at least, given that I have a Barrister for a father. But although I jumped between various profession options, from a doctor to an actor and even a detective, being a lawyer never crossed my mind. Little did I know my future was going to be learning the difference between the Common Law and a Statute on my very first day of university (please don’t ask).

What made me choose law, do you ask? I wish i could say one fine day while I was cleaning my room (let me point out I actually like cleaning my room, it helps me relax, and I know that’s weird but well, what can you do), I had an epiphany in the middle of plumping my pillows which revealed to me my ultimate mission in life: to be a lawyer. But I can’t, because I would be lying. The truth is, it took a lot of time and effort to finally make the decision.

After spending months on my laptop doing research, emailing random people whom I figured had previously done the LLB (thank you, social media!), doing the odd bit of thinking (when I started seeing black spots and had to look away from the screen for a few minutes), and finally listening to my dear father’s piece of advice, I decided that Law is my best option at the moment. If it doesn’t work out, I can always blame one of the very nice people who advised me to go for Law, without knowing anything about me.


I have to admit, I was extremely nervous about studying a subject I don’t know sh*t about. I mean, I was going to spend at least 3 years studying it. What if I hated it? What if it was as dry, boring and horrible as some people had not-so-subtly pointed out? Well, I am proud to say I have come to terms with the fact that everyone faces such questions at a certain point of their lives. Nobody is sure that all their decisions will work out (unless they’re Kate Middleton-she’s a princess, for goodness’s sake), and that’s a risk I’m willing to take with law.  I am responsible for my own future and who knows, maybe I was meant to be a lawyer.



2 thoughts on “Weekly Writing Challenge: Backward

  1. Raiha says:

    I’m glad you’ve come to a decision! I myself wanted to be a lawyer for three years until after careful research I found out that lawyers are just dummies for our corrupt system. I do hope people like you can bring about a revolution in our justice system.

    As for me, I’m packing my bag with notebooks, recorders, and cameras, all set to go out and be a journalist in the even more corrupt media of Pakistan! If in the future you ever need someone to cover your revolutionary lawyers’ strike, you know who to contact 😉

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