Joe asked me to do a Last Post, particularly after I wrote my last blog post yesterday and said that I wanted to post more. When you get someone like Joe Boughner asking you to write a blog post on a particular theme, you generally do it. Not because he demands that you do, but because it’s Joe. If you don’t understand what I mean, you really should meet him, and Amy, his wonderful wife and their beautiful daughter Maggie, and go to Case Study Jam. Now his Last Post idea is outlined here.
One of the main reasons why I am doing this is because I want a way to thank Joe for some of his contributions to Ottawa and the world, such as bringing together amazing people at Case Study Jam. It is through this event that I have met some great people like Claudia Petrilli, Colleen Reynolds, Bianca Spence and many others. Wonderful, wonderful people and I really want a way to thank the Case Study Jam folks for putting these together.
So here I am.
I don’t think I can come anywhere near to the same level that Amy or Bob have done. I won’t even introduce theirs, just go and read them. You may cry, but you will learn from them and you will become a better person just by reading their blog posts.
This is not a synopsis of who I am, this is not how I was brought to the place that I am at. I write those posts from time to time and while they are interesting, that’s not what I feel needs to be done. This is what I think you should do, not what I want to do, but what I feel you, the reader, should do.
That’s all. Don’t over think, don’t over analyze everything to the point that you’re paranoid and a 9-11 truther and you think Bush was behind it all. Don’t over do it, don’t overdo most things, really. But honestly, think critically, teach your children to think critically, teach others to think critically, and if you can get others to think critically, particularly when they are adults, then you’ve definitely changed the world. One of the best things that has ever happened to me was having someone tell me that I’m not overthinking things and then having a professor write that more students need to think critically and that whatever I do, I should never stop thinking critically. So thank you Dwayne, because it has completely changed where my life is going and I appreciate that. You’ve changed the world by changing me. (And I know you, you’re not done yet, but just letting you know that you’re off to a good start.) I know that people may think of me as argumentative and strange because I look at things differently. I look at things and go “no, that doesn’t make any sense!” and that is what I want you, dear reader, to do. That is what I want you to learn how to do and how to teach. We don’t need people that think the same way. The best way to get things solved is to get a bunch of people from completely different backgrounds in the same room thinking together, because everyone will take a different path and everyone can help.
Make a positive impact on the world around you.
It is because of thinking critically that I know how I am going to change the world and make a positive impact. I am looking at studying Criminology at Ottawa University. Critical thinking is a must in that field. I am doing this because I can. I want to change the world and doing it positively. Even if you don’t know how you’re going to change the world, just going out into the world, being positive, smiling and being awesome and having awesome people around you, you can help other people reach their goals and make the world a better place. Don’t think about whether or not someone likes you. That doesn’t matter so much. What matters is how people will remember you, what impact will you leave on this world?
So this is my answer to Joe. I’m out to change your lives. Joe has changed mine, so it’s my turn. It’s proof that by doing one thing, you can easily change the world around you. This is partially why I am going back to school, because I can have a positive impact. So when Jonathan writes that he doesn’t understand why someone would willingly go back to school, this is when I stand up and say “because I can change the world, far more by getting a Master’s and PhD in Criminology”. I want to be able to take a look at the data in cities, and say “this is how you should redistribute yourself, this is how you can spread your resources throughout the city better.” I think I can figure out a way to make cities in Canada better. That is the legacy that I want to leave you and your children. That is how I want to help my world.