I’M LIMITED—so begins the prelude of the powerful finale in the Broadway musical, Wicked. A sense of surrender envelops you. Yet you are left at ease, at peace.
Never has this sense of surrender become more played-up than in the last four years of law school, with uncertainty staring you in the face every single day—where we can never know for certain when we’re going to be called for recitation, or what will be asked of us just as our memory utterly fail us at that very moment, or whether or not the professor was satisfied with our answer, or if we’d even make it to the next semester. A strong, lingering temptation to quit lurks around the corner, as you go from one failure to another. But I have law school to thank for constantly reminding me to accept the things that are beyond our control—to accept the things we cannot change, as the Serenity Prayer puts it. In theatre, we say, “The show must go on.”
But what’s a show without the people who run it? The ones that test your limits. The ones that keep you sane. The ones that inspire. From professors to schoolmates to guards to janitors to the Administration and Blessings staff, I have law school to thank for the opportunity to encounter, intimately or from afar, a myriad of personalities who have left some indelible mark in me, without them even knowing it.
Perhaps that prelude to the powerful finale was true: “[W]e are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them and we help them in return…Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”
In hindsight, it’s funny how, far from being an excuse for our isolation from the real world, law school allowed me to reflect more about life. And this is what I am most grateful for.
In theatre, we say, “You’re only as good as your last performance.” This has stuck with me through the daily grind of law school and of life in general. The possibilities are endless. Alone we may be limited, but when we share a part of ourselves with others, we realize that we are UNLIMITED.