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Dear Reader

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

As the end of your university education nears, life starts to become a little more tangible.  There’s some sort of strange excitement brewing, edged with a hint of trepidation.  The fact is, while some have the fortune to move straight from graduation to employment, others have no certainty for their futures. 

The scary part of leaving university is the feeling that you’re leaving more behind than a building: you’re leaving a part of yourself.  As much as you’ve learned during your time as a student, you are about to enter the working world.  Everything is different, suddenly, and inevitably, you will change too.

Fortunately, there is no rule to say that you can’t look back.  Retrospection is usually good for your sense of self, and even nostalgia has its place in this world.  Personally, I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose my inner child.  Though I move through life with no regrets, always facing forward, I still carry with me all the things that have shaped me into the person I am. 

This month’s issue is all about looking back, and returning to the place you came from.  Whether it’s the small town you used to live in, or your first love, or even your student experiences, there will probably always be something in your past that you cherish too much to let go. 

The nostalgia isn’t just an individual experience either.  Début looks at trends in fashion that have returned to the stores and catwalks.  Even Hollywood returns to the past, with its remakes of older films.  Début also tracks the progression of technology since the days of our childhood, and reminisces about the days of our youth.

My advice to you, dear reader, is simple.  While life may surge forward, you are still in control of your path.  Whether you choose to revisit your past, or dream of the future, remember that every thing or person you encounter has an influence on the person you will be.  Somewhere in between your past and your present, you are likely to find the best version of yourself for the future.  Therefore, don’t stop dreaming, but don’t lose yourself in the process either.  Life is too short to be anything but extraordinary, and being true to who you are…that is truly exceptional.

Odette Kemp, Editor