“Free” Time

By Sneha

So my Judge has been out for the last 2 weeks and work has been slow, pretty much a drag. I love and thrive in fast paced environments, but in slower courts, there’s a huge danger: time. This luxury leads to day dreaming, travel plans I can’t afford, and new career ideas that will never work out.


This year, I’ve dipped into my “artistic” self and hate to say, so far I lack the skill. But it’s been fun to try new things like painting, sketching, random art work, writing, but it gets me thinking…what if? This leads to what I’ve been doing at work these last 2 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, we have a morning docket, but when you don’t have a Judge, you don’t have settings and deadlines thus, no fire under your ass leading to the previously mentioned ‘free time.’  It’s healthy for most to have some down-time to think, reflect, re-assess but for yours truly, it’s an absolute health hazard! I get caught up in my own thoughts and I am easily distracted and digress from my daily routine…I know I’m not the only one but have you ever had the random thoughts like:

How will I die (I better die in my sleep).
If I had a million dollars, I’d buy an island, feed the hungry and travel the world.
My dream job would be working for the travel channel or food TV!
If I had 3 wishes…
If you were forced to give up a limb, which would it be: an arm or a leg?
If you knew the world was going to end, what’s the first thing you’d do?
If I had one super power, what would it be?
If your house was on fire, what would be the top 5 items you save?
If I could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Then I snap out of it and start thinking about real life, well sort of. You’ll laugh but I blame TV, movies and the crazy cases and people I deal with every day. What if I was a spy or worked undercover (ok blame the movies). Why have I never been to Europe? Will I ever learn to ski (properly)? Ideas and thoughts swarm my brain and I begin to realize how much is out there that I have yet to dip my toes in! I know we can’t do it all, but all this thinking has caused me to spiral down into one thought: what have I been doing these last 10 years? Well, it’s time to re-assess my life so maybe these 2 weeks weren’t a total waste…stay tuned.

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