Track & Field in high school
Those 200m, 300m, and 400m intervals that made me feel faint, dizzy, legs burning, and wanting to throw up after practice everyday were grueling. As an athlete, these days, including heels and bleachers, are the days we dread. The days I used to dread. However, little did I know it was preparing me for getting out of my comfort zone. This type of maniacal training after school on weekdays prepared us for the track meets, which we performed at such a high level. If you look at any of the greatest athletes around the world, their working out regimen would make you hurt while watching it. Usain Bolt’s regimen was unbelievable and often had him regurgitating practically everyday. This is called “stepping out of that comfortability zone.”
Moved to Australia
I wish I can get back the lost time I had in Australia. This was the most discomforting I’ve ever been because I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. Because I have such a wonderful personality (haha), it was hard for me to acclimate in a society where not many people smile. Is it because I was living in the CBD of Melbourne? Possibly, a blend of Chinese, Mauritian and French cultures is extremely difficult, which brings a mixture of personalities together that are completely different, but it also revolved around my physical environments. My work places (dental offices) were tragically terrible (longest story ever) and my living situation was appalling to say the LEAST. When I hauled over to Sydney for the remainder of the 9 months on my visa, it got probably a tad better, but I have to say I was uncomfortable the entire time. On the other hand, this prepared me for Thailand. Wonderful ol’ Thailand whereas if I didn’t live in a foreign country before Thailand, I would’ve given up quickly because of the animosity dished out towards me. I’m glad Australia prepared me for the madness within these borders.
Thailand boosted my uncomfortability to unspeakable heights.
If you want to become successful, you’re going to have to put yourself in a very uncomfortable situation. Am I talking moving to Asia as an African American or moving to South America as a Caucasian? No. Do the thing you’re afraid to do. Period.
Living here in Thailand is basically living in a ball of hate for me. The ignorance I receive on a daily basis is jaw dropping and that’s me being honest. The rewards on the other side, however, is blissful. It’s freedom. The story I’ve created being here has inspired the masses around the world. I’m saying to you today that life doesn’t begin until you test yourself in deep waters. It’s like jumping into the deep-end, which I did when I was young, and almost drowned. Yes, my pseudo-cousin said I wouldn’t die, but I got really close to dying; thus why peer pressure was never a problem for me. When you’re way in over your head, the light will be above you. You may not notice it, but through all the thick-and-thin, problems, transgressions, and a variety of other things that will come forth….just know that those are questions that will be answered by you. Only you can go through this. No one else can.
I’m grateful for everything I’ve experienced in my life because it prepared me for where I am today.