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