Growing up as a bit of a nerd in London, Ontario, Canada, I always thought I’d end up in academia. My happy place is being surrounded by books and poring over new ideas to my heart’s content. Another hobby of mine ended up being my career, however. I received a basketball scholarship to Pepperdine University and graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a degree in Public Relations with a concentration in Psychology. After realizing that a career in PR wasn’t for me, I decided to pursue professional basketball for “a year or two” for the life experience. Here I am, a decade later, still playing professionally in Europe and for the Canadian Olympic Team.
Although I’m on a different life path now, living and traveling overseas has enrolled me in a school of its own. Throughout the years, I’ve signed up for Homesickness 101, Eurocentrism is Just One Side of the Story 201, and Rewiring the Brain to Learn a Second Language 302. Exploring other sides of the globe has enabled me to reflect on the zeitgeist of my own upbringing with fresh eyes and deeper understanding.
Nowadays, when I’m not playing basketball, I’m writing. I’m intrigued by the links between seemingly unrelated subject matter, each one trespassing into the next with no clear delineation. Exploring the fields of psychology, philosophy, religion, art, and so on, therefore lends itself to my greater goal: to uncover the connection between diverse fields and, ultimately, the connection between us as people. Being able to pass along my knowledge stokes my own passion. In sharing my work, I’m able to add to meaningful conversations, encourage people and speak truth and love.
This quote from James Clear encapsulates what I’m trying to do here:
“I don’t consider myself an expert and I don’t have all the answers, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned so far.”