When deciding on the theme for the first issue of Volume 3, I couldn’t help but think of the past two years and what theme would resonate most with our audience.
The word resilience means to recover from something quickly – something that can spring back into shape. Resilience was all I could think of when I thought about how our world has recovered from these extremely difficult two years. During this time, we’ve gone through a pandemic, climate change, political unrest and so much more. We have risen above all this the best we could, and in 2022, we have seen a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
I, myself, have learned to be resilient this year. I decided to go back to school, which can be difficult to adjust to after being out of school for the past few years. On top of that, I was in a new city, managing work and school. There were times I felt defeated, but looking back on what I was able to achieve, I know I can face adversity or challenges in my life with resilience.
So, without further ado, I present Issue 1, Volume 3: The Resilience Issue. This is my first issue as managing editor, and I have learned to be resilient. In taking on this new role, I have had to learn how to manage a team and be resilient when things don’t go as planned.
Our stories featured in this issue look at environmental resilience in Origins of a green thumb and the resilience against hate in Finding home elsewhere: Toronto’s emerging Asian communities. The past two years of the pandemic have taught us and our planet to be resilient. Every day, we practice resilience when dealing with tough situations, such as struggling with our mental health or understanding life through a different lens. Each of us faces our own obstacles that we must overcome in order to move forward.
I hope this issue of Youth Mind echoes some of the difficulties you have faced and conquered through your own resilience. Or that these articles teach you more about resilience all around us.
About the author
Youth Mind’s Contributing Editor turned Managing Editor, Haeley DiRisio, aspires to one day become a published author, preferably writing from the comfort of a cottage in the English countryside.