I'm in the midst of writing my law review paper. It is, of course, taking longer than I expected. I really enjoy writing, but I am not passionate about the topic I chose. I am arguing that the State of Wisconsin should require district attorneys to publish goals, priorities, and performance measurements to increase accountability. It's not that it's a really bad topic; it's generally a novel proposal and there's enough meat to create a 30-pager. However, I don't really know how timely or relevant it is. Oh well . . . I don't have to write an award winning paper, and lots of academic writing is boring. But, how do you even find a topic you're passionate about?
Is anyone else jealous of the stick-to-it passion other people have? For example, my old roommate Amber does everything she does with passion. She plays her violin and ultimate frisbee with gusto; she wins paddle and portage competitions and takes cross country skiing to the max. I feel like I'm always searching for a new passion. I take a new hobby up for a couple days, weeks or months and then get bored.
- I learned to play Oh When the Saints Go Marching In on the harmonica and that was more than enough for me.
- I've attempted to take up knitting at least 5 times - I'm currently on a streak that has involved knitting every few days for more than 2 weeks which is my longest streak yet.
- I loved acting in high school (and would probably still love it) but I'm always intimidated by the ridiculous time commitment.
- I've learned basic Spanish vocabulary more than once.
- I go through cooking spells where I bake or cook really difficult and tasty dishes, and then I eat at Taco Bell for months because I don't want to be exhausted by the cooking.
- I biked the MS-150 and then stopped exercising for months.
- I have at least 3 unfinished sewing projects in my basement.
This whole topic also has me a little concerned about what I want out of my law degree. I'm excited about working at a firm this summer, but I have no idea if I really want to pursue a traditional law career. I also know that I am capable of excelling, but I know that the cost of excelling at work will probably mean of loss of time to discover my passion(s).
Does anyone else have this problem? Has anyone else overcome this problem? What did you do or are you doing?