From the time I was young, I have always loved learning. I had a curious heart, which was inevitably kept beating by the mysteries of the world and the intrigue of my father’s physics lectures and experiments. “Why is the sky blue?” I’d say, “What are those big dots in the sky? What happened to the dinosaurs – where are they now?” So full of wonder and excitement I’d endlessly ask my father anything that came to mind. There was never a question or a problem he couldn’t solve. I didn’t always feel at home, but I did when I was exploring.
I desired knowledge, solutions, and learning from everyday things – not just school, and not just from my father. Of course I loved school, minus the math, with all its endless provision of knowledge for that little, artsy-nerd-brain of mine. School was the cat’s pajamas, but I soon found most of my education came from something else very special in my life.
I gained strength and growth from my friends, and my family. As a child I climbed trees, rode my bike in the “mountains”, and tried to catch jack rabbits with my bare hands (failing horribly, mind you). But my mom, my dad, my brother, my best friends, everyone I met through sports, school… they were the ones who left a lasting impression; Ahmar at the convenient store, Carol the hair dresser, and Mr. Evans, my English teacher. Without moments like these in life, I wouldn’t have such a passion for learning, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Ahmar taught me to smile and laugh, even when I’m just out to buy the paper. Carol showed me the intelligence in everyone, no matter whose hair they cut. Mr. Evans showed me that I have a voice, and I should express it with quiet confidence, not just in writing but in everything I do.
Sometimes I stray from my best self, and I’m not the person I always want to be, but it is the people that bring me back. They bring me back to learning something new about myself, to continue to live passionately, with love and a silly spirit. And now, at this stage in my life, I have found my new home, a source of endless provision of knowledge – ICOM.
Oh my gosh, did I just say ICOM? I had no idea that’s where this post was going…
ICOM…yes, this is where I learn from the people I meet every day. Enthusiasm bursts in every conversation, and there is so much unique sharing, whether it’s in online chat or in a meeting. It’s hard not to get excited about your day.
I am a fairly new fish thrown into a fairly wacky pond, and I couldn’t be happier. Here, I will both fail and succeed, as long as I keep moving to the beats of a curious heart. ICOM, thank you – let the exploring begin!
Laura Gosselin is a Videographer and Motion Graphics Designer and is based in Calgary, AB