Meeting up with A this morning was an experience that would've seemed extremely bizarre and awkward to me 57 days ago. Though I went to law school with her, A was a year ahead of me and it's quite possible that we never spoke in those two years. If we did, I can't remember it. So yeah, driving to meet with an unfamiliar person in an unfamiliar, dimly-lit coffee shop would've freaked me right out before I started doing this for an unpaid living. Now, though, it's old hat. And it certainly didn't hurt that A wasn't a creep. That always makes for a better date.
Despite earning her J.D. just over two years ago, A isn't working in the legal field. Instead, she's kept busy in the non-profit, make-the-world-a-better-place sector. She's not only paying her bills by working for a do-good kind of organization, but she also started a non-profit of her own while she was in law school. So, in her "free" time, A is the Executive Director of The Center for Girls' Leadership, which encourages girls "to create something extraordinary and inspire others to do the same." Not a terrible vision, yet it isn't the only thing that A is about, and it isn't the only thing that she does. She's not just an Executive Director. She's not just a Campaign Coordinator. She's not just a Tommie, just a Gamecock, just a wife, just a friend, just an anything. She's no one thing, really, because she's just so much more than any one thing could possibly be. And, hopefully, I am too.