The Wide Lens:
Finding the balance.
Automotive career happily in the rearview, now back in college
doing my pre-med undergrad for an eventual physical therapy
Still settling into Alameda and trying to remember how I ever
managed to survive on a student's budget the first time.
Refusing to eat the apple of cynicism like so many do at this
Feeling excited by the prospect of meeting nice and happy women
here who exist outside the reach of my widest social circles.
Enjoying being a dork and the little things more than ever.
Fighting to retain that childlike spark of wonder.
Feeling eternally grateful for having won the cosmic lottery when
my consciousness was lucky enough to take hold of this human form,
in this incredible time and location, with such an amazing string
of people to be inspired by, learn from, and laugh with.
Purpose and Identity:
I'm a nice person and I like nice people.
Passionate about my work and excited for the future;
I'm looking forward to the day I can start helping people restore
themselves, and am leaning towards pediatrics after last semester's
interviews with practicing physical therapists. I can't think of
anything more rewarding than the prospect of helping tiny patients
regain or create an ability to move freely.
Adjusting to an income roughly 80k shy of what I grew accustomed
to, which has forced me to realize how much of my identity was
wrapped up in being the breadwinner. Wealth has always been a weak
motivator for me, but I do miss the freedom that money brought. At
the same time, I actually enjoy playing the budgeting game now, and
due to that introspection (re my new identity), have reached an
awareness of who I am and what I'm about that runs deeper than I've
ever felt before.
Enjoying social sports - grown up kickball has no business being
this fun. I always start out with a "the score is fun-to-fun,
guys!" attitude and end up with my war-face
playing to win.
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2014 American Ninja Warrior
star (don't laugh)!
Update: Submission video
Update: They picked me! I'm going on the show!
I knew going into this after only 6 months of training that I was
still not even close to the level of the veteran ninjas, so my goal
was just to not make any serious mental mistakes and go as far as
my body could take me.
Still, I was pretty bummed after falling off that Rolling Wheel of
Misfortune. And then it was almost made worse when they invited me
to come back the next night and I completed every other obstacle as
an official course tester. So I definitely could have cleared the
course if I had made it past that wheel.. BUT in failing and coming
back to test the other obstacles multiple times for the production
team, I got 10x the amount of experience I would have if I had
succeeded as a competitor. Then they also invited me to test in
Denver and Vegas! So this way I am clearly much better off for next
year - even more so than if I had completed the course! I really
think it all worked out for the best.
Update(10/14): apparently I'm getting good at this or something
because Apex Movement Concord hired me as their Ninja Trainer,
which is definitely the coolest job title I will ever have.
Submission video completed!
It didn't turn out how I wanted it to, but
fingers crossed NBC still loves me enough to call.
Darkness reigns. Hope gurgles out its dying breath as I lay in the
fetal position next to the phone. The phone which does not ring.
All is lost. All is lost.
Made plans with some other ninjas to camp out in the walk on line!
It'll mean talking 7 days off school and work to stand in a parking
lot somewhere, but we will still get our shot on that course. The
Venice qualifiers start in just 12 days!
2016 Survivor contestant (laugh now)
Failing to keep up with my four-legged lightning bolt April on the
trails when I get to steal her away from her happy new home on
Sundays. The short story is, I couldn't find a place that allows
dogs in time for school, so my amazing friend and his adorable
daughters were watching her in the meantime. ..but a month later as
I was watching them climb all over her while giggling and laughing
in the cutest way possible, it dawned on me: "Of course.. they
already love her.." And I realized that even when I did get that
new place, there's no way I could take her away from them. So now,
every time I open the front door and don't get attacked with licks,
I miss her. But at the same time, I'm happy she didn't have to wait