Fail to Prepare – Prepare to Fail

Who knows what the future holds? Anything can happen in the future! You can’t predict what will happen in life. Every day is a new day…


All of the above words are beautifully poetic and somewhat inspirational. But I’ll tell you what the future looks like it’s holding.

It looks as though it’s holding 6 more months of the GDL, another academic year for the LPC, and a two year training contract in the City. That is a solid 3.5 years where my academic and professional life are unlikely to take any crazy swings or roundabouts.

So I beg to differ. ‘Anything’ can probably not happen in the near future. It seems unlikely I will do anything but the above.

I had a conversation with my someone close to me yesterday. They told me it is not worth thinking about where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing in 3 months,  6 months, 1 year’s time. They said there’s no point preparing for something that might not happen. WELL, I’m going to agree to disagree.

I don’t see the harm in pondering on where I’ll be living, who I’ll be with or what I’ll be interested in in the new future. But so many people seem so afraid of doing so?

Perhaps it is down to being a law student – it means we are allowed to let our imaginations take us further into the future than perhaps we ought to wonder.

The path into a legal career is a fairly straightforward one (albeit with a lot of obstacles to jump over on the way) but it is predictable to say the least. So why hide away from thinking about the future when so much of it seems set in stone already?

Then again, I did start reading Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now’ which would completely argue against what I’ve just said. I never did quite finish that book though… The Power of I’ll read it later!

So I’d say I’m a law student plodding along through the present with my mind racing into the future – whether this is a good thing or not I’m not so sure.

Another Law Student …procrastinating


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