The big picture

I’ve been hearing a lot about goals recently – finding one, keeping one, making it workable and working towards it – but I’ve never really been that interested. I’m only 20 and since I don’t want to be a member of parliament, Prime Minister, partner in a law firm by the time I’m 35 or nobel prize-winner I figured that I was happy to go along with my life as it happens. This doesn’t mean that every now and then it’s not good to get an idea of the “big picture”. Yesterday was one such example. I’ve been bogged down in study recently and I found myself in the city with nothing to do for an afternoon and so decided to head on into the County Court. This is the second tier of the court system in Australia and is where most interesting cases are heard. I spent an afternoon sitting on on court room five hearing a work-cover claim which wasn’t particularly relevant to what I’m studying but just sitting there (in my jeans feeling very under-dressed) and listening to the lawyers give their closing arguments was so useful and inspiring. All those men and women had spend years doing what I’m training to do at the moment. They’ve all struggled through contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence… And it was great to see what the point of everything is.

The point of this blog post is to encourage all of you to go out and spend a day or an afternoon doing what you want to do when you leave uni. Spend a day in a big office, a school or a hospital. Obviously it’s easy for me because the court is open to anyone who can get through the metal detector but what I gained from the experience is immeasurable and I’m planning on going back next time I need to get an idea of the big picture.

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