I wanted to start with a quote from Matt Smith. For all you Sci-Fi nerds like me out there you’ll know him as “The Doctor” on my favorite TV series; Doctor Who. As a character with no plan, no certainty and a constant fear of making the wrong decision, the Doctor once told one of his companions “Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” Not only is this one of the many life lessons I’ve learnt from the series, such as never touch a sleeping Dalek, and never turn the right flange on the Tardis, but is now my motto for life. The world constantly changes, and as individuals, we need to change with it. Although we may not know where we might be in a month, a year, or in 10 years, rolling with the punches, and ‘pretending it’s all part of the plan’ has allowed me to grow as an individual and become who I am today.
Doctor Who aside, although I could talk about the series for hours, I wanted to introduce you to someone very important in my life, 13 year old me. He stands at a whopping 5 feet tall, likes to wear clothing most suited for rappers like Eminem and 50 Cent and thinks that he’ll be the next Michael Jackson. He Moon Walk’s at every chance he can get, and will drop into the splits for any friend, family, and let’s face it, stranger who asks, and he most certainly never sits still. With all his energy, he is a very “busy” guy, from volleyball and hockey, karate and snowboarding, to building his very own American Gladiators obstacle courses out of fridge boxes and his parents couch cushions.
Now let’s fast forward a few years to teenage me. The energy…is definitely still there, but now the word “focus” actually exists in his vocabulary. With this new found focus, he has his life planned out to a T. He will graduate high school with honors having breezed through sciences; apply to the toughest university program he can, go on to medical school, and work as a Plastic Surgeon, in the words of his mother “for all of the women in his life who with age need a little lift now and again.”
Now one last fast forward…I promise…meet 21 year old Eric. He is who I like to refer to as “Master Matthews”, as he is now the master of his own future. For those Doctor Who nerds, Master Matthews is John Hurt if my life were a TV series. Although I may not have had to decide between destroying Gallifrey or not, I did have to make several life decisions, that to many, did not seem favorable. 21 year old me put his university career on hold, and left bio-medical sciences behind. He moved into Business and Marketing and started to find his niche.
And then there’s the now me. The me who is in charge of his own destiny. Have I changed? Am I still the same person? Have I become ‘The Doctor’ of my own life? The answers to all the above are yes. I have evolved. I am no longer the young naïve boy who thinks that Michael Jackson is a career title. I am no longer that unrealistic teenager who thinks every woman in the world will want me to give them a new look. I am no longer that lost young adult without a plan. I am me, adult me, responsible me, me who is proud to call ICOM home and me who is thrilled to call himself an ICOMER. Why? Because of the places I’ve been? Sure. Because of the things I’ve experienced? Of course. But more than anything because of the people I have met.
Some of the greatest influences in “the new me’s” life have been individuals who I would have never met if not for “the younger me’s” decisions. They are the family members who taught me to never stop moon walking. They are friends who taught me that perseverance is the best remedy when faced with challenges. They are the co-workers who showed me the key to unlocking my true potential, and they are the ICOMers who have undertaken each one of the roles above. Many individuals have gone into the building of ‘the new me’ but many don’t know just how grateful I am.
Since being at ICOM, I have seen myself become my own “Doctor from Gallifrey.” I have been welcomed with open arms to a new family filled with some of the most creative minds I have met. I have had the honor and privilege to meet and work with some of the brightest minds that I have ever met, and most importantly, I have been able to evolve as an individual to become someone that others might one day call “The Doctor”, or at the very least; an amazing companion. Although I may not become the next Michael Jackson or celebrity ‘nip tuck specialist’, I will continue to be me. A me that still loves to dance (office parties included). A me that still loves running obstacle courses of death (everyday ICOM stuff). A me that knows how lucky I am to be surrounded by individuals who want nothing more than to help you succeed. At ICOM I am not afraid to work hard, and push myself to emotional and physical limits. I love a challenge, especially creative ones of any kind. ICOM opens the door to this, and guides you to reach you own personal best. All you need is a little confidence…
Eric Matthews is a Junior Account Manager at ICOM Productions and is based in Calgary, AB.