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.