Monday Musings…. In Praise of Millennials and Gen Z’s!

For the last number of years, we have been bombarded with article after article bashing these two generations that are simply trying to find their way in this world, just like every generation before them. The Millennials (those born between 1981-1996), have been branded the ‘entitled’ ones, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of their educators and employers. Time magazine, in 2013, went so far as to call this the Me, Me, Me generation, pasting the labels of Lazy, Selfish, and Shallow on their lapels, citing evidence from a glaring spike in narcissistic personality disorder diagnoses. Millennials, after all, grew up in the participation trophy era, which ultimately primed their young minds

Monday Musings… Why Blue Monday Just Got Bluer

Raise your hand if you know someone who has a diagnosis of depression? 80% of the class raised their hands. Now raise your hand if you know someone who has a diagnosis of anxiety? Again, most of the class put their hands in the air. Of those people you are thinking of, how many have a diagnosis of both anxiety and depression? About 60% of the students raised their hands once more. For years, we have been hearing about the 1 in 5 statistic – that 20% of Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in the current year. It sure seems like it’s higher than that. Truth be told, we ALL will have a mental health problem in this year that we hope we can overcome; but some of us will

Monday Musings…. Going for the Gold!

Well, the Summer Olympics will be upon us before we know it, and as I write this, athletes around the planet are training. They are in preparation mode, wanting to beat their personal bests and everyone else’s in the world. Having been a fan of both the Summer and Winter Olympics for years, I’ve come to notice that there are few sports where there’s an advantage to being short. Gymnastics is an obvious one, as the smaller you are, the easier it is to change direction quickly on the ground or in the air. Marathon running is another. Shorter runners often can climb hills more efficiently, having less body weight to push up the incline. But there’s a third sport, that really is Olympic-worthy

Monday Musings... Embrace Adversity

It’s a brand-new year and I’m starting off talking about trouble. Many people, when they flip the calendar page to January, take a deep breath and hope for health and happiness. “This will be the year of positive change!” they proclaim. And it very well might be. While there is no guarantee that health and happiness will be in your future, there is one thing that is certain – in this year, and most definitely in this decade, there will be trials. There will be challenges, setbacks, and the occasional face-plant. I’m not a pessimist or even a realist. I’m an opportunist, who knows that out of the toughest times, there can be positive growth. My students showed me this last semester. I always

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