“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”
Of all the motivational posters strewn on classroom walls throughout high school, that was the message that stuck with me because of how true it is.
Sure, a vast majority of the events that occur during our lives are beyond our control, but, at the end of the day, we ultimately decide how we respond to them.
I think we feel like we’re not in control when unforeseen circumstances affect the normalcy of our daily lives. We have a tendency to fall into a regular routine. We become dependent on this predictability, knowing that no matter what happens, we can at least count on certain things to be there.
So what happens when one of those constants is taken away? Our natural response is to worry. After all, few things are scarier than the unknown.
So when Glenn Hammett, Bakersfield Life Magazine’s art director for the past 10 years, announced he was “calling it a career” and leaving The Bakersfield Californian, it marked the end for one of the company’s longest-tenured employees and the one constant in the Specialty Publications department.
Glenn actually joined The Californian in 1988 as the advertising graphics supervisor before working his way up to marketing coordinator and newsroom design editor, eventually joining the Specialty Publications department as its art director in 2009. He’s the reason the magazine looks amazing month in and month out.
He is the embodiment of my personal motto of “work hard, stay humble” as nobody works harder and is more humble than Glenn. He’s also the last remaining staff member from when I joined Bakersfield Life as a contributor in 2011. Always cool and composed, he’s been there through some of the biggest moments of my career and, more importantly, helped me get through some of the hardest times.
Where do we go from here? Only time will tell.
Glenn leaves behind shoes that can never be filled. All we can do is try to maintain the standard that he and past members of the Bakersfield Life team have set before us. We couldn’t control their decisions to leave but we can control how we respond to them and the most appropriate reaction is one of gratitude.
So to Glenn and past Bakersfield Life staffers Olivia Garcia, Jorge Barrientos, Rachel Cook, Hillary Haenes, Katelynn Camp, Laura Liera, Kasey Meredith, Allison Escobar, Holly Bikakis and Beth Shook, we say thank you for making the magazine what it is today.
May the next chapter be one you can all be proud of.