In defence of doing what you love
Negative comments about Seal Island Bridge jumper missed the point
Just over two weeks ago, Logan Latulippe posted a video that has been getting a lot of attention. The video, which features Logan doing a 95-foot gainer off of the Seal Island Bridge, has over 137,000 views on Facebook alone and has been shared across countless media stations bringing along with it both positive and negative feedback.
To be up front, I’m a big supporter of Logan, who is the creator of Cape Breton Collective, and I know what he’s capable of. Was I worried when I heard he was going to throw himself off of the Seal Island Bridge? Sure, but he’s not my kid. In fact, he’s not a kid at all, which seemed to be something a lot of people were overlooking in their judgements.
Obviously we all realize and understand now that part of the negative response comes from the possible strain put on first responders, and fear that others with less training will follow in his footsteps, but that response isn’t what upset me. What shocked me about the comments on Logan’s video was how many people simply put him down for doing what he loves. Viewers called Logan names and said he should be ashamed of himself. Some even insinuated that they would have preferred to hear about him failing the jump rather than surviving.
What Logan wanted viewers to gain from his video was inspiration – not to mirror his actions, but to follow dreams of their own. For Logan, chasing adrenaline rushes with his friends and producing quality videos is the dream, and because of his hard work and determination he’s able to do that for a living. That’s something we can all learn from.
Today, it seems like making a living out of something you love has become a pipe dream for many; an exception to the rule. With the pressures of daily expenses and for many, lingering student loans, it becomes an unfortunate truth that the majority is settling for safety. However, settling for a job you aren’t truly passionate about leaves you missing out on the incredible experience of loving what you do every day.
Of course I know that it’s a privileged and unrealistic opinion to say that everyone should just quit their day job and start living their dreams tomorrow. But I wanted to encourage you to make time for that passion you used to have toward something, even if it’s only in your spare time. Devoting time to something you enjoy will boost your productivity, motivate you in other aspects of your life and leave you feeling more fulfilled. When the people around you see your passion shining through, you will become a source of motivation for them as well.
Possibly the most important reason to make time for the things you love is the benefit to your mental health. The world around us seems to be getting increasingly stressful each day so finding something that gives you purpose and happiness goes a long way in keeping your head above water.
As someone else who gets to do what they love for a living, I wanted to write this piece to remind readers of their own dreams. Maybe you forgot about them years ago, letting them drift to the side as responsibilities and routines took over. All I ask is that you take a few minutes out of your day to remember what you dreamed of and how much that meant to you.
Maybe then it will be easier for you to understand why we push ourselves to the limits to do what we love.