Against The Grain

I’m sure you’ve heard by now. An aspiring neuroscientist, at just 24 years of age, decided to waste his talent and one opportunity to make a difference in this world by shooting up a movie theatre premiere in Colorado, killing 14 people and injuring 70-plus in the process. And for what? His 15 minutes of fame and a lifetime in jail (or the death penalty)?

It’s hard to comprehend the motives of someone who does such a thing. But we can either live in fear and let the bad people win, or throw caution to the wind and live life, love and help people to do better! If only more people focused on helping others and improving the world for all, instead of how to best serve their own selfish interests, we’d all be far better off. Our society is all about one-upping the next guy and winning. There doesn’t have to be a winner and loser in every facet of life, but our society is constructed in a way that demands we beat other people to get what we want. Shouldn’t have to be that way. Go against the grain. Be a messenger of positivity, not negativity. Spread love and generosity, not hate and selfishness. You only get one life – make a difference with it.


Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.