Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.
—Nora Ephron via A Cup of Jo
I’ve been going through the strange and somewhat eye-opening process of interviewing for my first real legal job over the past two weeks.
I expected many things from these two weeks, but I didn’t expect to get this life advice from a partner at an international law firm as we sat in from of his floor-to-ceiling windows, drinking Perrier, and gazing over DTLA: “If you follow your heart, it will all be okay. Your path will follow.” To that lawyer, I say thank you, not just for the view and the Perrier, but for the reminder to take a minute to reflect on what I actually want. Cheers to you, Mr. Lawyer.
Today on the train, a conversation springs up between two formerly unknown to each other men sitting in facing seats. One young, one old, just talking about neighborhoods. The grey-haired half gets off the train at an early stop, and a twenty-something woman replaces him in the seat. She has earbuds in. The conversation does not pick up.