Jared M. Adams
SLS, P. Surv.
Have you ever wondered what the perfect first sentence to a “Councilors Corner” article would look like? My guess would be no, but trust me when I say that it’s not an easy task. The popular internet search engine, Google, states that one should start with a quote, ask a question, or use a startling statistic. However, when you’re 28, trying to appeal to a diverse audience, with little specialization in anything other than Surveying, Sports, and Crokinole, the task becomes very difficult. Then after you do settle on a subpar first sentence, you realize you still have an entire article still to write.
You begin by looking at past articles for inspiration and to see if there is anything good that you can plagiarize. This seems like a great idea, until you realize you’re not as smart as Steve Drew or Prakhar Shrivastava, as funny as Gerald Early Johnson, or as ruggedly good looking as M.M. Vanstone or D.L. Codling. Jokingly, you now begin to blame your parents for not blessing you with any desirable genetic traits. You call them, tell them how angry this makes you feel, and begin to engage in a yelling match until you are finally able to pin your father next to the Festivus pole at the semi-weekly Adams Airing of the Grievances. Okay, that last sentence was just you daydreaming while a re-run of the TV show Seinfeld was on, but you do manage to make a grand realization during this time. You realize that perhaps your mother was correct when she proclaimed that the truth will set you free, and a radical idea may just be to write something true to yourself. You run with this idea.
Now you’re brainstorming a list of topics to write about. What’s going on with Council? That’s a logical place to start; people will want to know about that. You look at your notes and realize you have only had one meeting in which the majority of the talk centered around administrative matters. You immediately give up on the piece you started writing about how big a cheuqe should be before it requires two signatures. Next, you consider sharing one of many surveying stories about life in the field; but quickly realize those stories may be better suited for the hospitality suite after Commission #300 hits his third or fourth wind. You go to bed frustrated.
You wake up having to push a 60 lbs dog of the bed before proceeding to walk down the stairs and read your chalkboard. It reads “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case too early to be whoever you want to be…you can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing….I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again” Eric Roth.
You realize this is the stuff you’re passionate about. You love all this mushy stuff about living a life to be proud of and any topic surrounding self improvement, challenging yourself, or digging yourself out of a bad place. Just draw on this and thank the membership for the opportunity to serve on council and hopefully begin to grow professionally into the person you have always wanted to be. And do it quick, people are getting tired of you rambling on.
When we challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone, we open ourselves up to grow in ways we never would have imagined. I can think of nothing more gratifying than to be presented with the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone in this association as a relatively new member. Over the last two years, I have seen many others accomplish so much for our association; relentlessly striving to keep it strong. Those are the people that I have vast amounts of respect for and that I strive to one day become. I would like to thank the membership for this opportunity to serve on council. I look forward to contributing in any way I can.
Wishing everyone a safe summer full of love and happiness.
Jared Adams, #331