I was hanging out on Twitter this afternoon when out of seemingly nowhere I sent the following tweet:
While this may seem like an innocuous tweet from someone simply being a smart ass, given some recent indecision I was taken aback by the tweet. I work as a secretary. My day consists primarily of transcribing dictation with some phone work and occasional miscellaneous tasks that occasionally crop up. There was one point in my life when I wanted to be a lawyer. Working with lawyers, I realize that I would prefer to be the behind-the-scenes person. I would rather be performing the legal research and preparing the briefs, etc., than actually appearing court and arguing them. Lately though, I have felt the desire to do something more creative. When I looked at the tweet and saw that the first thing my brain had come up with on my “I want to be” list was a writer, something in my brain clicked.
The thing I enjoy most about being a legal assistant is writing. When I worked at my previous job as a paralegal, I did a lot of writing. I drafted complaints, discovery and pretrial statements on a daily basis. Although the forms were somewhat rigid in that there was a basic set of information I had to provide, there was room for some creativity in how that information was provided. For instance, when drafting a complaint, one of my jobs was to describe the basis for the lawsuit in a descriptive way. I needed to provide information without providing either too much information or too little information.
When I switched jobs a few years ago, I took a step back. My tasks now are almost purely secretarial. I transcribe dictation. I occasionally have the opportunity to color outside the lines in that I get to do some occasional special project work. But, I still “write.”
Looking at that tweet and thinking back on things, writing has always been a passion. I enjoyed writing in my creative writing classes throughout high school and college. I even enjoyed writing research papers. It didn’t really matter what I wrote. I simply enjoyed writing. Even now, when my mind is racing I always find myself either in front of my computer, on my iPhone or iPad, or with a tablet and pen, writing. Sometimes it is ideas. Other times it is poems. Other times still it is bits and pieces of thoughts.
It all boils down to writing.