The Last Dear Jamie


Dear Whoever’s Listening…


Before I graduate, I have one crucial piece of advice for everyone in KM Perform. So, please humour me and read my last hoorah before I walk the stage.

High school is intimidating. It’s intimidating the summer before your first year and oftentimes during the course of the entire four years. The biggest factor in this for me was my peers. They are all extremely nice people, but they are also very talented. They produced wonderful films, beautiful art pieces, and enticing stories, while everything I did seemed to fall short in comparison. I doubted the talents and the traits that make me who I am. These doubts held me back a lot more than I care to admit. I don’t regret much in life, but I certainly do regret not putting myself out there more.

When I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone, something amazing happened. I got the internship I was hoping for and my writing was published, yet I realized something even more important than all of these accomplishments. Something that will help me continue to go further, and you will too if you believe this: Each and every person has their own talents and quirks that make them unique. Once I realized this, the failures didn’t beat down my self-esteem anymore; they were learning experiences to help me get my next opportunity. My fears of not being good enough were still there, but they no longer controlled me.

It’s impossible to compare yourself to another person because you aren’t even remotely alike – and that’s a good thing. Your skills are meant to be shared, your success is meant to be praised, and your failures are just learning opportunities. And if you don’t succeed the first time, that’s alright. It takes as much courage to try and fail as it does to succeed.


Just keep swimming,

Jamie Stanislawski