Class of 2021
Far from where he was when he finished his schooling in Australia 10 years ago, Rory O’Hearn – originally from Windsor, Ontario – now calls Fort McMurray home.
He chatted with YMM about the journey God has taken him on, and the importance of gratitude.
YMM: How have your priorities changed in the last 10 years?
RO: Ten years ago, I was a bit of a wandering soul. I had just finished my schooling overseas in Australia. At that time, teaching jobs were scarce, and I was a “starving artist” musician, living in Toronto, and often busking to make money to pay for food and subway tokens. Then I met my wife-to-be, and I knew I wanted to create a life with her. Here we are 10 years later, married, living in Fort McMurray with a dog, six wonderful nieces and family in town, and we are ready to start a family of our own. My dream of being an artist never died, it just took longer than I initially planned to reach some of my goals. Sometimes we make plans and God brings us something better. I now have a home studio and get to record whenever I want- best of both worlds, you could say!
YMM: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
RO: Becoming a teacher and spending almost 10 years of my life in the field is definitely something I’ve been proud of. It’s not always an easy job, and like any profession, has its ups and downs, but it’s so rewarding to be able to connect with all kinds of students, with different personalities. I’m a real people person so it has been a great joy in my life to be able to work with so many amazing students, and alongside some great teachers and professionals.
YMM: For what are you most grateful?
RO: I’m grateful to God for creating this wonderful, crazy world that we live in. Life is never perfect, and it can be a roller-coaster at times, but I’m thankful I was even given the chance to experience life, and the abundance of good people, experiences, and blessings that I’ve had. Of course, there have been struggles and even suffering for me at times, but I’m thankful for those times too because they helped build my faith and make me stronger, and more able to help others when I see them struggling.