S sat next to me in Torts, our first class on our first day of law school. From the middle of the second-to-last row, we tried very hard for at least two weeks to care. I won't speak for S, but I was unsuccessful. Still, I learned some things from S that were more than worth the price of admission (e.g. Taco Tuesday is far superior to Administrative Law). On top of that, I felt that spending time with him, while perhaps not making me a hugely better person, at least wasn't turning me into a monster. Hmmmmm . . . Is that my idea of a compliment? Yes, I think it is.
S and I hung out this afternoon at one of our old stomping grounds. We had spent a fair amount of Tuesday afternoons there in the past, and it was nice to see him there again today, enjoy the free popcorn, and laugh about the really questionable service. It was interesting to hear about his post-law school life and how it compared to his pre-law school expectations of what it would be like. Un-like many law school Facebook friends I've met up with, S didn't have a ton of expectations going into law school. That mentality has some perks, one of which was that he had a low probability of having his expectations go unmet.
I was impressed by his attitude and outlook on his career and how it plays into his life. While S wants bigger and better things (perhaps we all do), he also realizes that in the grand scheme of things, he already is doing very well. He stated, and I'd agree, that among the world's population, he probably is the 1%, the elite. That's one of the things I like about S. He sees the big picture, he gets it, and every once in awhile, he helps remind me of it.