Welcoming Wallace to the world of Rocky View Publishing
If you are lucky enough to find your passion in life, you should do everything in your power to endorse it.
It’s a play on “follow your dreams,” but with the reality of the hard work necessary to get there.
When I figured this out, I was working for a bank in my hometown of Kamloops, B.C. and taking business courses at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).
I had convenient hours, the nine-to-five kind, and all of the perks that are assumed in such a position. I had a respected title on a name tag in a successful company. I made a steady wage, received an annual bonus and had all of the support and time needed to successfully be promoted. Not to mention, my co-workers were the best people around.
I had it good – and I knew it. Though I never wanted to take my good fortune for granted, something was missing.
I was lucky – brought up in a generation where I never had to walk to school uphill in the snow both ways. My parents built everything they had from the ground up and worked harder than they deserved to create a good life for my 22-year-old brother and me.
With all of the opportunities in the world staring me in the face, I stared bug-eyed at all of them.
Studying near home at TRU, I opted for programs that translated into good careers. I should have done better, but I was trying to force the puzzle piece into the wrong spot.
In my elective courses, I discovered success and even better, subjects that appealed to me. Quickly, I transferred into the arts where I blindly took courses of interest. Learning about the world became the greatest stimulant to me.
I soon discovered an exchange program offered through my school. I felt it would give me the opportunity to experience the world rather than just read about it, so I studied in Milan, Italy for four months and travelled an additional two months on my own.
Ultimately, I fell in love with the world.
I enjoyed asking people what they recommended and trying to say yes to as many situations as possible.
I consistently kept a blog during my travels to update my friends and family. When I returned home, I found that what I missed most about travelling was the ritual of writing. I entered journalism with the hopes I could have a career in learning about the world and writing about it. After graduating with my journalism degree and gaining a couple years experience in the industry, I have found my favourite stories involve issues that impact people. I am thankful to be inspired daily.
My path may seem like a spoiled kid reluctant to grow up, commit and get a job. I am a very passionate person, but I was more or less a windup doll running in any direction I was placed in.
Enjoying our time on Earth is what life is all about. If we don’t find our passions and live by them – whether in our professional or personal lives – we will regret it.
It’s why I hope you’ll understand that I will continue to cheer for the Vancouver Canucks.
Thank you for endorsing my passion by reading my first column at the Rocky View Weekly.
I look forward to learning and writing about your worlds.