It’s been an unbelievable 5 years. Wow, how can I even put it into context. I will try highlighting this through pictures.
You understand where my focus was, right? 2013-2015 were the rough years with lots of racial influences, advertisements, and me focusing on “what I didn’t want.” I had a woman from Thai Airways threaten my life, stating that she would get dangerous people to kick my face in. I got the “ewww black man! Low-class! Pimp!” comments from lots of women. I was denied jobs for being black. My language center (New Education World if you must know the name) denied me dozens of jobs stating, “ohhh, they want a white teacher.” All of these culminated for three years (and even well into this year after cutting off the unknowledgeable job)…..until the beginning of 2016.
Then this happened…..
And just like that, within two years time, I was able to overcome all of the ignorance — ignorance that I saturated myself in. Let’s look back at the years that transformed me into the influential figure I am. It’s time for the ramble!
My first photo, which was taken at a night safari deep in some forest in Bali, is possibly the best trip I’ve ever had in my life. Bali, an alluring island that’s tucked away in the bottom of Indonesia, was one of those chips that changed me as a human being. It should’ve been the trip that made me quit my current job, but it never crossed my mind. This island is inhabited with white sandy beaches, quiet beachside fronts, jungles, monkeys, and a rich history. The indigenous people there are full of smiles, big round eyes, and possess such a wonderful heart.
The second Spartan Race, which took place in Chon Buri, Thailand, was a memorable WALK. I’m kidding. However, I’m not kidding about it just being a long walk. Regardless of laziness and the willingness to push yourself, this was one of my favorite runs because the amount of smiles and people pushing each other.
Maldives. I’m laughing while writing this because this was a country that featured no currency. That’s right. I went there with Thai currency, only to be turned away and had no means of getting any currency while I was there. Until I was met with the most incredible gesture anyone has ever given me. This trip, which could’ve been a hell of a lot better, taught me a lot about myself in general.
Ho Chi Mihn City – the city of beautiful souls. Well, not all. I got cussed out roadside by a Vietnamese boy who was soliciting me for services *curling eyes*. Going inside the remnants war museum and seeing the pure destruction the USA Army unleashed upon all Vietnamese crippled me inside. Not only that, but it made me realize how strong-willed the Vietnamese are.
First Spartan Race in Malaysia (and the one just two weeks ago) were FUN! Wait, I’ll take that back. The first Spartan race SUCKED. Ok, yes….it was near public transportation (versus the last one that was in the middle of a damn jungle), but there weren’t comedians or anyone cheering each other on – on the course. Get what I’m saying? But a Sprint and Super have been achieved. It’s time for the BEAST!
Moving into my new condo and leaving a place that was killing my insides…was a monumental feature. I believe I brought all the pain from the beginning of the years to my last job and it held me down. I took the leap of faith, left, and I could finally breathe again.
Anyways, enough of that. How about checking some things off my list! Sheraton Hotel, which is a five-star hotel in KL, was put on my 101 goals list in 2015 — ACHIEVED! It wasn’t the only one to join the “checking” list with several others being highlighted.
And last but not least, the trip back to Arizona — a place I haven’t been in years. I competed in a Tough Mudder after fighting off food poisoning (courtesy of Singapore Airlines – Thank You!).
All in all, when I was looking in my camera roll on my iPhone, I began to tear up. How was I able to overcome all of it?
Personal development, of course. 5 years in Thailand and I still go through the craziness of it all. So, I want to just say THANK YOU to no only my loyal followers and supporters, but the fact that I never gave up.