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First Day of the Rest of Your Life

You know how they say the day after high school graduation is “the first day of the rest of your life…”? I’m not sure how much I agree with that. Maybe that’s because I spent three months following graduation unemployed and lazy (and happy), but I really don’t think the real world starts until you know what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Some people know what they want to be from their early teens, but most of us don’t. For me, I  had NO idea what I wanted to be until after first year of post-secondary, and then got a better grasp after a year in my current program, although I have yet to figure out the exact career I want, I have a pretty good idea.

The day I figured out that I could combine my education in communications/media with my love for the world of sports was a pretty cool day. I’d dabbled in the idea of editing and public relations, which lead my to my current major, but the thought of that for me was just tolerable, not exciting, and not something that made me really want to work hard to succeed. Working in the world of sports, however, did it for me. As soon as I had a goal – something I really wanted to achieve in life, not just something I’d settle for – I had such a stronger desire to put in the work in school, be positive and constantly consider how my present actions would benefit my future.

While I’m not the most knowledgeable about all sports, they are something I’m passionate about; I’m not even exaggerating when I say this – I have cried over hockey more times than I’ve cried over boys. Hey, if your team made it to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and lost you’d probably cry too. Maybe not in a Tim Horton’s bathroom while your city is up in flames, but… okay, bad memories.

I know that in the grand scheme of things sports seem trivial and I should probably spend my time working towards being a humanitarian of some sort, but that’s not what gets my engine going. While there are aspects of sports that are significant (see above – the ability to make a city riot, that’s not minor), I really adore the passion that I find in sports. From the fans who dedicate their lives to their team, to the intensity in a players eyes while he’s listening to the pre-game anthem, to the unadulterated joy of a veteran who finally gets to lift Lord Stanley. These are the kind of experiences that I want to wake up in the morning and know I get to surround myself in, and that is what drives me to get where I want to be.


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Summer Lovin’

I was kind of dreading summer in all honesty; I just wanted to fast forward to September when I’ll have routine and can wear jeans, sweaters and boots.

Then this weekend happened. 

Friday night, I drove out to hang out with a girl I called my best friend from the time I was two years old until probably 16ish. We’d kept in brief contact but hadn’t spent any time together for the last five years, then decided to go out together on the Friday to catch up. It was crazy how her and her family still feel like my family even after all these years; I love all four of them  tons. The night was super fun, we just danced and laughed and had a crazy good time. 

Saturday, I woke up a bit um, under the weather, but a copious amount of water followed by a long drive home in the sunshine with the windows down and music blaring cured me pretty quickly. I got to spend the morning poolside with three of my best friends catching up on the weekend’s events and tie dying. My tie dye actually worked out well for once! Say it ain’t so. 

Mad had to go to work in the afternoon so Tay, Dar and I went to the beach with about 10 other people (who knew I had that many friends?) and it was way too much fun. I have this bizarre fear of open water so it was tough going further than a couple meters into the water, butttttt… I did it! It was so much fun and the water was crazy warm, like, warmer than the pool. 

The bliss of spending 24 hours with some of my favourite people on earth put a massive smile on my face alllllll day. Then my alarm went off at 5:30am this morning and that smile was nowhere to be found…