I hope you’re all well.
So, if you follow me on Instagram (@btongirlprobs – shameless plug!) you may have seen a few months ago that I announced I am starting a law degree. Well, the time has come – I start in two bloody weeks!
I guess I should start by saying it probably seems totally random to many people. I work full time, I love to write and Brighton Girl has been my world for the last 7 years. I’ve loved having a blog and I’ve been so lucky to work with some fantastic brands and do some brilliant things during that time. I want to say that I love this blog and my social media. Yes, you get the odd troll but predominantly, the people who follow me and who I speak to are truly amazing. I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say you’ve all saved me in ways you can’t even imagine. I genuinely don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for all of you, who read what I write, follow me, like or comment or message me. It may seem small to you, but to me every small interaction is something that has helped me through so many different things in my life and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I can’t explain how blessed a life it is to lead, that when you’re going through crap, or feel at your lowest, and someone pops up to say ‘I hope you’re okay’ or even ‘I found this chocolate in a supermarket I think you’d like’.
I want Brighton Girl to exist forever; for as long as blogs and social media exist, which I’m assuming they still will when I die (morbid), I want to write and post and share. I want to chat to all of you and try and help people by talking about things and letting people know that it’s okay to feel certain ways, and to be different, and to go through difficult things and that it will all be okay in the end. I have loved writing and reading since I exited the womb, and one of my life goals has always been to write a book, which I’ve promised myself I will do – but I guess the point I’m trying to make, in the most long winded way, is that I’ve felt lost.
I’ve felt like I wasn’t fulfilling my potential – and I don’t mean that in a bigheaded ‘I’m better than this way’ – what I mean is that I am so interested and passionate about human behaviours, in social justice, in lifting up those who have been forgotten and cast aside in society, and I’m just generally someone who loves to learn, to read – and has always had a massive interest in the law.
I had mulled over a degree for quite some time, and I don’t know why but I hadn’t thought about law. I’d looked at different kinds of science based degrees, and they just didn’t do it for me. At the beginning of lockdown, I decided to have another look at what degrees were on offer just out of interest one night and on the screen popped up a photo of a group of barristers, advertising law degrees. It sounds so cringey and airy fairy but it was like something clicked in my head and my heart in that moment and I was like ‘Of COURSE – of course this is what I’m meant to do’.
I looked into it, and before I could stop myself, I applied for a law degree. And then, to my disbelief, I got accepted, and I guess that’s led me to this point – where I’m about to start!
It was a nerve wracking decision to make because 1) it’s a lot of money to spend and 2) I’m older. I’m not your fresh out of college uni student, I’m the old hag who reminisces about when Blockbusters and cassette tapes were a thing! In all seriousness though, it has taught me that it’s never too late to do anything, or to start all over again. It’s your life, and it has limitless possibilities.
I am pretty sure I want to be a barrister; I am being completely open minded and going to (hopefully) do work experience at solicitors firms and mini pupillages (basically work experience if you want to become a barrister) at chambers, and speak to as many people as I can in both careers, and do as much research as possible to make sure that I make the right choice for me.
All I know is that I am so excited for this new stage of my life, and I can’t wait to bring you all along with me!
All my love BGP xx