My School Reunion
I recently received an e-vite to a reunion for my Law School Graduating Class of 1990 (so 25 years for those keeping count). It’s going to be held at some bar downtown to be determined, depending on numbers, which I find very laissez-faire and laidback for what I recall was a pretty button-down crowd. I immediately sent an rsvp response that I was coming. And I’ve spent every moment since second-guessing my decision.
Ever since high school my plan was to be a lawyer. My grandfather, father and uncle were all lawyers. I had the marks for it, and it seemed like a pretty nice career to have. Of course everything is two dimensional before you experience it. The reality was that although there were aspects of it that I enjoyed - overall, the practice of law just wasn’t for me. I was creatively unfulfilled, unhealthy and generally unhappy. Over the years I found myself constantly looking for outlets: inventing, writing columns, screenplays, and eventually found myself publishing and most recently staging live events.
My legal career, of almost twenty years, is now over. I moved on and I don’t regret my decision for a moment. But these names that popped up on the invited list, my fellow graduates; I wonder what they’ll make of me. And I don’t mean my hairline - I was already well on my way to losing my hair back then. I’m not unique. The vast majority of lawyers will stay in the practice. But some leave for new careers in business or politics. Still, the change from commercial litigator to health and wellness publisher is a big one, and it might raise some eyebrows.
I used to fear change. I now see it as connected with opportunity and potential. If you had asked me at my graduation where I’d be professionally in 25 years - publisher, event producer, substitute spinning instructor, amateur landscape designer and general wiseass wouldn’t have entered the conversation (well, wiseass would have likely registered). I’m proud of where I never contemplated I’d be.
October is a time of change. We transition into colder weather. Joel Thuna and Claude Gallant have some ideas on how to prepare your body for the coming winter ( p. 33). Rod MacDonald has eight ideas on how to actually be fitter, rather than just wish for fitness ( p. 25). Bryce Wylde asks if you have the “guts” to be healthy ( p. 20) and Carlyle Jansen says that it’s okay to “play” with your food (p.? ). As always, if you want to share your thoughts on this note or anything else in Tonic, please feel free to contact me.
PS: Family Day is Monday February 15th, 2016. I’ve got something very special planned for it. You should all save the date. Details to follow.