Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.
When I graduated from N.Y.U in 1989, I had been accepted to law school at The University of California Law School at Santa Clara. I had written to them asking for a year deferment, so that I could have a year of working and only working to catch my breath from having worked and attended school full-time for three solid years, I was burnt out. But here is an imagining of what might have transpired if I had gone.
I would have flown out with my suitcases and moved right into the dormitories and after settling in, I would have attended orientation for incoming freshmen. I imagine that the first thing that I would have done is to orient myself with the town of Santa Clara, if it was a walking town, if it had mass transit. I know that Santa Clara is not close to Las Angeles and that was fine by me, I was going there to be a law student and to do my best. I know that I was going to be apprehensive, being so far away from home and in a dormitory situation. I really dislike dormitory situations, I had the most awful experience at S.U.N.Y at Albany with my roommate and that had soured my feelings on dormitory life. I know that I would have been stressing on the law class experience as well. I am not a confident speaker and this would have been a good learning experience, trial by fire if you will.
Hopefully all would have went well with my studies and I would have graduated, during my studies perhaps I would have been invited to be a part of the Law Review and I would have spent my summers doing interesting internships with judges and environmental organizations. My desire to be a lawyer was to fight for the environment on any front possible. I had no desire to argue cases for trial, I wanted to be part of research and case law.
In terms of a career I would have been happy but I don't know how a family would have figured in there. I would have been out in California all this time so I don't see how I would have met my hubby and even so, would I have been willing to put in the time to be a wife and a mother? Those dreams would have been put on hold. My life would have been very different from what it is today. I haven't any regrets, I am simply identifying the differences between the two based on my choices all those years ago.