If you died of some misfortunate accident today and your name was plastered all over tomorrow’s paper, what would people find when they Googled your name? Would they find your social media, charity work, books that you’ve written, awards that you’ve gotten, or would they not be able to find you at all?
And if you didn’t die tomorrow and somewhere along the line you looked back on your life, would you be amazed at what you’ve accomplished?
I goggle myself on a weekly basis, not for vanity reasons but for work and it’s easy to find my name simply because I’ve only come across one other Angela Ostafichuk in this world. She too lives in Canada, and is also a former cheerleader. However, she works as a paramedic so I automatically know what is connected to her name, and what’s connected to mine.
When my name pops up on the 70+ Google pages there are two things that are immediately obvious.
1. I like to travel
2. I like photography
And that’s pretty much it when it comes to what’s attached to my name. There’s a few other things such as a walk I organized, courses I’ve taught and volunteering but the main source of my name is attached to thing that I’m passionate about, capturing the world.
If I die tomorrow, my life will still live on in the hundreds of books, advertisements and websites from the work I did. I know I’m no Steve McCurry and that NatGeo will never come knocking on my door, but it’s a small unexpected victory for me. I never thought anyone would be interested in my work and what I had to say. It’s also a continuation of family. My grandfather was an amazing photographer who travelled the world and his talents trickled down to my mom and then to me. Although he passed away three years ago, his vision still lives on though us.
Now I love travel and photography but that’s not the only thing that I want to do. The name of the game has always been to help people and learn while doing it. Last year I founded a small school and this year I will be founding the Alberta Budget Club as he school’s initiative to give back to the community. This may work or it may not but the important thing always is to try if you want to go somewhere with your life.
Oh, and this might be the year that I go overland from Beijing to London. Or attempt to anyways. It’s not an easy journey and planning it out will take months as I’d be alone on this trip.
So as 2015 starts out, what are your goals for the year? As cliched as it sounds, you need to ask yourself honestly. Will you live the exact same life you did last year, or will you grow bigger and bolder? And fifty years from now, will you be able to look back at the life you lived and smile or will you wish you did more?
Happy 2015, let it be your best one yet.