“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut” – Dr Seuss
I have interviewed and written about some of this city’s most passionate and inspiring people over the past seven years working across Canterbury Rebuild and Metropol magazines. But it is perhaps the words below that are some of the most poignant – and daunting – as it will be the last time I title a blank word document with ‘Editor’s Perspective’.
I am sad to announce I am hanging up my editor’s cap and this issue will be my last in the hot seat.
It’s been an incredible ride and I’ve met some beautiful and inspiring people along the way.
I have been part of a wonderful team of people that are equally as passionate about what we create every fortnight.
I am leaving my post in very capable hands, with our new Editor, Morgan Tait taking the reins from our next issue.
Having spent the past few weeks working alongside Morgan, I know we can expect to see more of the interesting and engaging reads that Metropol has become renowned for and I look forward to tuning in every fortnight to get my Metropol fix, just as you all do.
It will be unusual experiencing this from the outside in, without seeing the heart and soul that goes into Metropol’s production, but I know that the same passion and dedication that has seen this prestigious publication thrive for 22 years will still be there.
While medical experts have been encouraging physical distancing for the past three months, mental health experts have been encouraging us to stay more connected than ever before.
Social connection is understood to be a fundamental human need; as crucial for mental development as it is for physical development.
The subject of human connection is even more poignant for the Metropol team, as we compile our annual bridal issue.
It hasn’t been without its challenges, as we put together what is one of our favourite renditions of our fortnightly pilgrimage to showcase the very best of what Canterbury has to offer, as our team operates remotely, around our bubble families, both young and old.
It’s also a poignant reminder of the weddings that have been postponed and the plans that have changed.
We think also of those for whom border control measures will prevent from sharing those special times with us physically and especially those of us we have lost, but who will be with us in both mind and spirit.
We are reminded too at this time of the sweet sentiment that ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ and such is how we feel as we count down to all the big days that are in the works both now and in the future as life slowly, but surely, gets back to some degree of normalcy.
Soon we will once again be able to share those special moments with our loved ones, mentally, spiritually and physically, and these special times we’re sure will be that much sweeter after the wait.
From our bubble to yours, we bring you all the inspiration for your special day.