• Catherine Goncalves

A moment of gratitude for all that I learned in British Columbia

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

I can’t remember the first time I picked up a camera. I do remember the time I’ve spent learning, shooting, editing, re-editing and pushing myself to be better. I do remember the many times I’ve utterly failed, been nervous, felt stuck or uninspired, and the people that have changed that, and supported me along the way.

If you told me a month ago I’d get the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most talented content creators for 5 days on a privately booked island in BC, I would have laughed. If you told me I would get a bursary for that same opportunity, I think I would have cried because it was so far out of reach.

I came to BC with a very overpacked suitcase and a camera. I left with friends from all over the world, and a spark I had been missing.

Learning lesson? I think we all owe it to ourselves to actively seek out opportunities that excite or even scare us because they’re worth doing. I owe it to myself to try. To truly give everything I do my all. It’s when I’ve taken a risk, leap of faith, and exited my comfort zone that I’ve grown more into the person I’m working on becoming.

One of my favourite moments was from this hike at Joffre lakes.

Even though my legs were bruised, sore, and scratched after spending a few days camping out in the backcountry, I felt especially grateful for my legs this morning for taking me to some incredible places. They’re not the longest or tannest legs in the world, but they’ve afforded me the opportunity to hike 50km in a week, swim in ice cold glacier water and connected me with people from different corners of the world.

Coming from running flat terrain in Toronto, this was a challenging week for me. There were certain points where I’d stop and my legs would be shaking from fatigue. I’m glad I had some pretty stellar people along the way to motivate me to keep going. So the next time I start to pick myself apart and focus on all the things I’m not- I’m going to come back to this moment and thank my body for all that it does do for me every single damn day.