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 curiosity.
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. And as much as I do miss the
freedom that money brought, 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
Update: I GOT A CALLBACK, NBC WANTS ME FOR THE
Training harder than ever now that the Venice qualifiers are over.
I've surprised myself with my laser-like commitment to this.. was
shocked to look back and realize that 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 inside!
2015 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 on,
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.