Submitted by sunnysc
Passion Forward, not backward. True passion means that you leave behind the errors of your past, live to the fullest in your present, and strive to build a better tomorrow in your future. Most importantly, passion is about finding yourself.
When Katie asked me to write this post and share my passion with Ms. JD, I struggled with what I could possibly write in light of the fact that I’m admittedly not as passionate about the law as others. The truth is that most of us enter law with half the passion that is required to practice it. That is why we end up being unhappy and search to fill an unexplainable void. Over the years, I’ve learned that this doesn’t have to be the case and that passion can come from in, out, and above the law. Nicole Chiu-Wang is the perfect example of this scheme of thought, in showing us how she used her law background to pursue non-law passions. Finding your passion is not an easy journey and as I’ve previously mentioned, it starts with finding yourself, which is how my story begins.
I graduated law school in a dark and hopeless place. To make a long story short, I was still job hunting and forced to live at home with my parents, who constantly put me in the middle of their fights. I was far from myself and forgot that happiness existed. However, no one is responsible for you but you. Gradually, I found two part-time associate jobs that allowed me to move out, a step that was essential to my sanity despite the financial costs. Then the part-time positions led to full-time employment at one place. I continued to battle my inner demons, but I was finally freeing myself from the chains of the past.