Aside from one-liners based off of facts that are usually completely made up, I generally try to keep my personal life off this website. But when something happens that affects you as readers, an exception needs to be made.
The long and short of it is this: I will not be returning to law school next month.
I've always thought that the worst thing you can be - aside from a murderer, a rapist, or a murderer/rapist - is someone else. School didn't change me as much as people warned me it would (maybe the reason my grades were less-than-stellar), but talks with classmates, happy attorneys, depressed attorneys, people who have left the law practice, and friends made it fairly obvious that the road I was on would eventually require either a metamorphosis or a willingness to cope with unhappiness.
I don't regret going to law school or the time I spent preparing for it, because the experience taught me that I am simply not that fortunate person who can walk through life doing something they feel no passion for and be OK with it. They tell you early and often during school that the people who aren't passionate about the law are the ones who account for the profession's (relatively) high depression and suicide rates. I'm not passionate about the law, and a year in school left me unable to foresee any situation where I could exist as an upbeat practicing attorney.
I'm not going to say it is what it is here, but I will hit you with a so that's that.
Social media has forced all of us to be inundated with proclamation after proclamation about the superiority of one's family or friends. Nearly all of it is bullshit (Greatest in the world? Really? The same people you've spent 95% of the week bitching about? OK.), and as a result even the most sincere decree of love now sounds at least slightly hollow. Even knowing the risk attached, I would like to take a line (or two) to thank the people closest to me for their help in coping with such a major change. I'm so fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family members who are always available to talk, offer support, and be honest. True friends seem to be an increasingly rare breed, and time is revealing just how blessed I am in that regard.
So what does this mean for Card Chronicle? To be honest, I'm not entirely sure.
While I am passionate about sports and writing, I'm also passionate about one day having a family whose members are able to eat regularly. This site alone isn't enough to make that happen. I'm already in the process of working on a couple of opportunities that have popped up, and am in talks with some of the powers that be about the future of this site. Nothing is going to change right now, and my hope is that the site will be able to remain as is. You will, of course, be kept in the loop.
Anyway, I'd like to thank all of you again for your continued support. You're the reason this site has experienced such significant growth in recent months, and the reason why doing this is such a pleasure every single day.
We'll get back to jokes about recruits' names and pictures of current players kissing dolphins now.