You know, I don't know what it was about studying for the bar, but it really seemed to force me into some serious self-reflective moments and not a day went by that I didn't semi-consciously drift into a daydream about my past. I really thought a lot about where I'm at in my life, all the wonderful experiences I've been fortunate enough to have, and all of the incredibly crappy things I've somehow managed to overcome (externally at least). It really is a small wonder that I'm here, in California, on the cusp of beginning my career at a prominent IP firm.
It's been an awfully wild and tumultuous ride, this life thing, and it's just incredible to sit back and think about all that's happened and how all of those things have, for better or for worse, shaped me into the person I am today. It's overwhelming.
I can only imagine what it must feel like to think similarly of your progeny. I'm going to act like such a girl when I have kids, I just know it.