Dear Scouts,

Scout - - INSIDE SCOUT -

Since it’s Oc­to­ber, you’re prob­a­bly look­ing for­ward to Hal­loween. You prob­a­bly know peo­ple who spend all year plan­ning their cos­tumes. As far as I’m con­cerned, the hol­i­day is all about try­ing on a dif­fer­ent per­sona for size. But what if we just de­cided to dress up as each other for Hal­loween? How would you re­act? “No way, do I re­ally dress like that? Do I sound like that most of the time?” It would be mor­ti­fy­ing. But why? Why are we so un­com­fort­able with our­selves?

It’s been a lit­tle weird putting this is­sue to­gether be­cause of the theme; it’s our “Be Your­self” is­sue. You know when you’re ex­plor­ing a new sit­u­a­tion, like a new school or a new job, the ad­vice of older peo­ple is to “just be your­self.” And you’re think­ing, “Um, how?” Self-ex­plo­ration was the pur­pose of our “Travel” is­sue last month—scour­ing the world and throw­ing your­self into un­ex­pected and un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tions in a for­eign coun­try in or­der to dis­cover the best (and worst) pos­si­ble ver­sions of your­self.

This month, rather than con­tin­u­ing on that thread of thought—the idea of self-dis­cov­ery—for our “Be Your­self” is­sue, we de­cided to think about who we are in the con­text of our com­mu­nity and so­ci­ety. Our #LifePeg

sec­tion fea­tures Elise Mon­ti­nola, a vol­un­teer teacher at A-HA! Learn­ing Cen­ter, a non-profit ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion. A tal­ented writer who penned our Au­gust cover story on Shireen Seno, Elise ac­tu­ally ap­plied for Scout and got the job, but ul­ti­mately de­cided that her heart was still in so­cial work. It’s rare to find some­one so self­less in Gen­er­a­tion Me, Me, Me, and hear­ing her per­spec­tive on her decision is in­cred­i­bly re­fresh­ing.

One thing that I’ve made a con­scious ef­fort to do at Scout is to fea­ture peo­ple whom our read­ers can re­late to: real peo­ple who’ve en­coun­tered real strug­gles. Usu­ally, mod­els don’t re­ally fall un­der that cat­e­gory. I mean, c’mon, how hard can life be if you look 10 times bet­ter than the av­er­age hu­man be­ing, right? But our cover boys Bruce Venida, Tommy Es­guerra, and Cedric Pasco have proven that be­ing anointed by so­ci­ety is no guar­an­tee for self­ac­cep­tance. Their sto­ries evoke feel­ings of anx­i­ety, alien­ation, and con­fu­sion, which we can all re­late to. Ac­cept­ing your­self, warts and all, is some­thing that comes only after time and after sev­eral bouts with re­jec­tion.

I’d like to think that the peo­ple who grav­i­tate to­wards Scout were made to feel like weirdos at some point in their lives. I cer­tainly did. And that’s al­right. We’re in good company.

Cai and the Scout team

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