EHTR: Everyone Has Their Role

Life is like a box of chocolates. Some you love and some you loathe. Not everyone is good at everything. Everyone has their interests. Respect it.

Me and Jemima at work in Canary Wharf, London, UK

True laughter. Pure and honest.

I like to laugh. It’s my favourite emotion, marginally beating fear. That’s another story for another time.

I like to make others laugh. Quick wittedness is something I tried to eradicate from conversations but it’s so much part of my personality that it’s proving more difficult that first perceived.

When I laugh, I make a memory. Whether it be good or bad, I will have that rememberance.

Today’s day at work was a time crunch. A tough deadline where editorial quality had to be to the highest standards after a slump last week.

I worked all day with diligence but found the time for a laugh or two.

I’m getting to know the interns more. All university students. All pushing their careers whilst studying. We all have come out of our shells more now and it will be sad to see them leave eventually.

I thought today about the role of everyone in the world.

Not all seven billion of course.

Just take me for example.

Me outside my office building in Canary Wharf, London, UK

I’m a guy who likes to write. Been told he’s alright at it too so does it for a job.

I also study Geography at university.

I have been told a career in oil will bring me the big bucks.

I don’t want that.

I need to create my career. I have a very defined role that I want to pursue.

I have never said I’m the best at everything.

I accept that I want to do something but others may not agree or inevitably will have other interests.

I don’t for a second believe that everyone wants to do everything nor everyone thinks that they can.

Well… perhaps that isn’t true.

I want to do a lot in my life but that doesn’t mean I want to do everything.

Take climate change for example.

The mechanics behind climate change I don’t particularly understand because I’m not particularly science-orientated. However, I am interested in what climate change will do to people. In other words, climate justice.

While I don’t think I have the solution to climate change and reversing what has already been done, I would want to work to give people the protection they need from the consequences of the former.

The same applies when someone applies for a job and is much better suited than you to get it.

It comes down to the gender debate too.

If a man is more qualified than a woman, it’s not sexism to give the man the job over the woman. The woman isn’t as qualified and not as deserving of the job.

Pay is different. If a woman and a man hold the same position, they should be paid the same. Not more to the woman. But the same.

Given that I think everyone has their own role in society leads me on to talk about how this could benefit the wider world.

If everyone can harness that one thing that they are good at. Then everyone would feel more secure in their identity and position.

I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I’m a half-decent writer. Where 144 people wanted to download a piece of work I did for my internship — all people high up the ladder of corporate firms.

As I hone that skill, I’ll start to imagine the doors writing can open for me.

I like to empower people to reach their full potential.

I think everyone deserves the chance to find out what that potential is.

I don’t want to push people to follow it because it’s your choice and your own destiny.

Personal projects in the summer will follow this narrative.

For me, there are two important things to keep the world sane and liveable:

  1. Empowering others to be the best they can be, but first looking after yourself
  2. Understanding difference of opinion — not trying to please everyone

I might come across as a class clown but when it comes down to business; I’m organised, diligent and direct.

I know the times to laugh and joke and apologise for times where it becomes overbearing.

I realise others have a place in the world too and value their position.

As I grow, I’ll learn more about myself.

But I hope, as Rob Carpenter said I possessed all those years ago —

Seeking social justice and fairness for all.

Joint PhD Candidate Business & Management at Manchester & Melbourne| MSc UCL Science, Technology and Society | BA (Hons) QMUL Human Geography |