In our own minds, it’s often difficult to define who we are. It’s such a vague question, how could we sum up years of events, loves, and passions that lead us to this very moment. A seemingly infinite amount of memories surpasses our conscious as we pose this question. Yet, daily it seems we tend to define strangers based on mere moments of exposure.
To even define a colleague or friend should be more difficult than we make it out to be. I’m constantly learning new information about my acquaintances.
I’m a guy who has several passions that I work towards. It’s hard for me to say no, not because I’m a pushover, but because I see potential in opportunity. I love being Editor-in-Chief of The Bolt as well as a writer, I love being educated to become a teacher, I love my job in social work, I love hockey, I love doing graphic design… You see my point? I could create an endless list of the things I love to do, and that would only be the tipping point of who I am. The same goes for you. You’re more than an English major, you’re more than a hockey player, and you’re more than an artist. Whatever identity you think you’re given, you’re more than that.
People I grew up with have come up to me asking “How’s the journalism thing going? How’s abpolitics doing? How’s working at Bent Arrow?” and of course “How’s teaching?” They were thinking that these were each my life’s only pursuit. I can’t help but smile, because people ask me about different passions of mine and I know there is so much more to myself than just that. In the same breath, it’s an odd situation.
I have so many different passions, so many different ways to occupy my time and define my purpose. I can’t let each one define who I am. I can only demonstrate who I am through my words and through my actions. You should do the same. Don’t let labels and titles dictate your behaviour. Let you dictate your behaviour. Let you define who you are.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Odds are when you start something new, you’re going to be pretty bad at it. But that’s okay, nobody is a master on the first day. If it’s something you love doing don’t let fear of failure or judgment tell you not to do what you love doing. Use that as encouragement! Turn your mistakes into learning experiences and work towards improving.
Creating a diverse sense of self part of becoming well-rounded. This is something I’ve come to learn at the ripe age of 23, and something I hope you can take carrying forward.
This year has been an incredible journey with The Bolt. I’ve enjoyed every step of the way, and hope we can continue to entertain you the readers in the coming year. I’m excited to say that I will be returning next year, and I look forward to seeing all of your faces around campus.
I’d like to thank our writers, both contractual and voluntary, without you The Bolt is nothing. You are what drives the ship, we the editors merely steer it.
Lastly, I’d like to thank our Mental Health Initiative. Their idea for the “Breaking the Silence” column was an incredible step forward in removing the stigma surrounding mental health. The individuals who displayed such courage, opening up about their struggles did it so that we can all feel a sense of empathy towards one another, and help us remove the idea that we are alone in our problems.
I wish you all a great summer, and if you are moving on, I wish you great success (Borat voice)! See you next year, Concordia.