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.
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.
Refusing to eat the apple of cynicism like so many do at this
Fighting to retain that childlike spark of wonder and
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 also do miss the freedom that money
brought. At the same time, I actually enjoy playing the budgeting
game now, and have reached an awareness of who I am and what I'm
about that runs deeper than I've ever felt before.
Former professional ADHD kid, just a hobby now.
Had a brief stint as the world's youngest person.
2014 American Ninja Warrior
star (don't laugh)!
Update: Submission video
complete! Fingers crossed
they'll like it
Update: They picked me! I'm going on the show!
I knew going into this after only 8 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 awkward lanky body could take me.
Still, I was pretty bummed about falling off that Wheel of
Misfortune, especially after coming back the next night and
completing everything else as a course tester.. BUT in failing and
coming back as a tester, I got 10x the amount of experience I would
have if I had succeeded as a competitor. Then I went on to test in
Denver as well, and just got invited to test in 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
Vegas finals wrapped! I've surprised myself with my laser-like
commitment to this.. just looked back and realized I even
completely stopped eating chips (my food weakness) without any real
thought! It wasn't even that hard once I got used to feeling dead
2016 Survivor contestant (laugh now)
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
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, so my amazing friend and his adorable daughters were watching
her in the meantime. ..but.. I had an epiphany last month as they
were climbing all over her in the cutest way possible, that they
already loved her deeply.. and I realized, there's no way I could
take her away from them now. Even when I do have that new place. 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 for me.