Letter From the Editor
By Josh Beaudoin
I used to think my ultimate goal in life was to be happy. I wanted to get married, find a nice job that resulted in minimal stress, and live a life of blissful contentment on the side of a mountain. Now, I don’t think that’s horribly overrated.
Over the past couple of years, I have made a series of decisions that made me very uncomfortable. I have endured sleepless nights, a stomach that refused to eat, and hundreds of hours of emotional distress. Every time I made one of those decisions, eventually the stress would die down and I would think to myself, “My goodness, wouldn’t it be nice if I just accepted the progress I’ve made and enjoyed life for a while?”
Then I would get restless, because even when I was happy, there was something inside me that said this was not ideal. The fantasy of blissful contentment neither existed, nor did I want it to. So, I would repeat the cycle, making another stress-inducing decision. This time, however, the stress I felt was a little bit more barrable. Each time I pushed myself, I became stronger, and the burden lighter to bare.
From those experiences, I have come to the conclusion that while I might have once wanted a life of blissful contentment, I now understand that the best life is one where I am constantly striving to be my ideal self.
Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”  Sometimes, in pursuit of our ideal self, we must carry a heavy cross. We may hate it, and it will be excruciating at times, but from my experience, it is worth it.
As I look back at every time I made a tough decision, I think I would do it again because of the person I am now. I am very proud of who I have become, and I am only here because I decided that a cross was better than a wasted life.
1. Matthew 16:24
Hello everyone, I’m Josh Beaudoin, the editor-in-chief of The Collegian. I’m from central Alberta, Canada, and first started at The Collegian in 2019 as the writer of the food column. I love to spend time outdoors and regularly hike in places like Mount Rainier National Park and Banff National Park. I also do quite a bit of reading about social and political topics.