People say that there are two important events in a person’s life. First is the day they were born. And second is the day they know why. Growing up, I’ve known two general truths about myself: first is that I really love to read. And second, I love God and the rest follow suit.
Every day I’d succumb into the depths of books and their visions. I’d be lost for hours dazed in the glory of knights and their slaughtered dragons. I’d mourn over the death of heroes and laugh at the sarcasm of jesters. I’d share the triumphs of David as he defeated his Goliath, hoping that I’d defeat mine too.
My influence with books and the television made want to pursue many careers. Watching Dexter’s Laboratory made me want to be a scientist. CSI and Detective Conan made me want to be a detective. Hans Christian Andersen’s stories made me want to be a princess who sleeps uncomfortably in a tower of mattresses as she lies in wait for the morning to marry her prince. There was even a stage in my life when I wanted to be an archaeologist because I loved to dig and collect rocks.
So I guess I took up law because of my love for stories. When I conducted my thesis entitled Journalism as a Pre-law Degree: Cases of Lawyers in Western Visayas, I’ve learned that the courtroom is an empty page and the storytellers are the lawyers who battle their wit and elocution as they convince the listeners of the story that theirs is one they should believe in.
Another reason is also my love for writing. My grandfather was a lawyer he’d write legibly on long sheets of paper as I watched in awe of how nice his handwriting was and at how stern and urgent were its content. When I took up journalism I saw the role of writing in matters of social responsibility and community initiative. I’ve met countless people in hospitable beds. I’ve met a person who can’t read but still realizes his role in nation building. And I told their story by writing them with the ink of my soul.
My last reason is that I want to live for God’s glory. One of my greatest dreams is indeed to become a lawyer. I want it to be an avenue to help people and my family. I want people to be blessed with the gift of justice. Although law is a dangerous craft because the temptation of deceit is high, I know that through prayers I can survive. God has given me a really good support system, especially that one person who always believed in me, and told me that I’m going to be a great lawyer someday.
In my study of law, I expect to learn my heart out and gain as much experience that when the time comes that my practice is demanded I’ll be ready. From myself I expect focus, that I’ll devote my sleepless nights to the accomplishment of this craft and to memorizing the thick pages of civil codes.
I expect to be molded by incredible individuals who have dedicated their years in the exercise of law. I expect to love the thought of being a lawyer every day. I expect to be humbled by this challenge and to be certain that God has already destined it for me to accomplish.