Category Archives: Observant

On Being Average

Average

I was a fairly smart kid growing. I always had great grades and I was known to teachers as the student who usually went the extra mile on her work. I was on the principal’s list and a honor student. I was smart just enough to be competitive about it and to think that being smart was my thing. And then I came to law school and I felt like the dumbest kid in class.

I became what I really hope I wouldn’t become: average. Continue reading

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On Feeling Lost

What can I say? I’m in my 20s. And you guessed right: I’m feeling more lost than ever.

It’s like, up until now, everything made sense, everything had a point to it, and I thought I knew where I was headed. But boy, how fast that can change!

Or maybe you weren’t like me. Maybe you never had a plan and went along swimmingly. Then one day you woke up and some jerk told you that you needed a plan; the carpet was pulled right from beneath your feet. Continue reading

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On Strength

It was like I was carrying him on my shoulders: I carried his dreams, his happiness, his love. I thought if I could just pull through for my dad, I thought everything would be alright. I thought he would finally be happy. I cajoled myself into believing that doing everything he said would make things better. All I had to do was be strong.

The notion of strength is misunderstood. I get that now. Continue reading

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On Beating Summer Heat

What’s a great way to beating summer heat? Staying absolutely still. Nothing says “summer” like not moving an inch in what feels like the Devil’s breath.

But this isn’t my favorite way to beat summer heat. Continue reading

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On Using Words

 

Words are funny things, no? We like to think that, after all these years, we’ve got control over them. We like to believe that the words we say are just as carefully placed as the lives we choose to lead. Continue reading

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