Since I’m looking for work, I take a little time to look up what people are saying about me online. I know that businesses do, and with a name like mine I’m generally pretty careful about what I say and use logins instead of my real name. There aren’t a lot of people named “Magnus McElroy”. On the upside, “Magnus Charles McElroy” looks awesome on a certificate. The downside is that when your names gets onto something, it’s there for quite some time. (Like the time my brother used my dial-up account to post bass guitar tabs for a song.)
I was lucky enough to have my stupid phase before everything you said was documented forever online. Thus it was a bit of a surprise when my latest search found a letter I’d written to Camosun’s paper when I was 18 years old. I’m not sure why their editor felt like dragging up a dumb letter I wrote 20+ years ago and making it the showcase of their monthly review. I don’t remember what I was thinking. Apparently I thought I was both funny and being discriminated against because I was a guy. Man, was I stupid. Maybe just young and naive. But wrong, that’s for sure.
A lot has happened in those 20 years. I’ve completed school, I’ve had kids, been married and divorced, I died, I started teaching yoga. By default I’ve become a responsible adult. Not one time in my life have I faced any problems by being a man. Back in February I even organized a counter-protest to those men’s rights / pro-rape idiots that were meeting in town.
But that’s what we do, right? We grow, we learn, and we get better. I wonder how stupid I’ll sound 20 years from now.