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Confessions of a First Class LLB Graduate

Don’t drop the glass ball …

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Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by your own life? Juggling too many balls and dreading the possibility of dropping one of them? Are you worried that you won’t be able to catch it before it hits the ground? Are you worried that it is going to smash in pieces right in front of you?

100098_jugglerAll too often we find ourselves having to do more than one thing at once. Whether it is because we are not able to say ‘no’ to what others throw at us; whether it is because of the feeling of satisfaction and achievement of being able to keep the balls up in the air; or whether it is just the unavoidable turn of events. It may all seem fine at times but every once in a while, there comes a moment when you start feeling the pain in your arms from juggling for too long. Perhaps it has been too many long days and short nights; perhaps it is the overdose of caffeine in your system; or maybe it’s just your body instinct flashing the red light, asking you to slow down.

Today is one of those days for me. One of those days when I feel every inch of my body aching. One of those days when I am insecure about my abilities, again. One of those days when I’ve come to realise that I have been juggling all of those balls for way too long without hearing any round of applause. Does this sound familiar?

Perhaps you are a fellow law student, climbing that ladder that seems to have no end. Giving up your everything in a strive to reach your dream. Asking yourself every single day of your life whether you are doing enough to deserve that dream of yours. And if you are, then I know exactly how you feel. Well, my dear reader, I have a little message for you.


Someone clever once said that the trick to juggling is determining which balls are made of rubber and which ones are made of glass. Which balls we are able to drop and pick up again without any impact on them or ourselves, and which ones will smash in little pieces upon hitting the ground. Have you got yours determined yet? Do you know what you are aiming for? Do you know what it takes to reach your goal? If you do, then please stick to it. It is very easy to find yourself distracted from your main goal. It is very easy to move your attention from the glass balls to the rubber ones. And it can take only a glimpse of a second until you hear the shatter.

Once you determine which are your glass balls, take a look at the rubber ones. Those are the ones that have been straining you and stressing you. Take a close look at them. Consider how much you value them. Can you afford to ditch them?

Most importantly, make sure you learn how to say ‘no’ and only pick up new balls which will either take you closer to your goal, or will give you pleasure. Because to be honest, no-one, I mean NO-ONE, can understand exactly how you are feeling and what you are going through. It is you that can determine how good you are at juggling and how much all of the balls are worth being up in the air.

There is one more little thing I need to remind you of. Hard work does pay off.  And so the little girl does grow big and confident in the big world. And the little juggler does get the well-deserved round of applause in the end. What does it take? As much you think is worth it. Plus a large dose of motivation and determination to succeed.

And if you ever lose hope, and think you can’t handle the juggling any more, remember…

A diamond is just a pile of coal that did well under pressure…

Lawfully yours,



Author: Valya Georgieva

A recent first class LLB (Hons) graduate from the University of Portsmouth with over 2 years' experience in supporting the Litigation Department of a leading regional law firm. Currently leveraging social media in search for a training contract with a medium to large corporate/commercial practice. Part time LPC student at the University of Law, Guildford.

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