“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
After years of being afraid, I am finally free. I have lived like a caged animal, bound by the desires of my father and mother. I have stifled my own creativity, passion and my desires in order to please my parents. For too long I’ve allowed my full potential to be suppressed, and its only recently that I’ve realized that the fault lies not with my parents, but within myself. I have allowed fear of the unknown to take over my life while i seek refuge in the financial comfort of my parents. This is no way to live! I have decided to free myself from these self-imposed bonds and to finally join the world of independent, self-sustaining adults. Watch out world, here I come!
I created this website to show others that life is what you make of it. Life is too short to blame others for the mistakes of our own choices. That is why I want to share not only my journey, but also the steps I have taken to reach this point, and also the revelations I will experience in the future that can help you along the way.
The First Step:
Set a goal: Realize what you want in life
I’ve worked as a valet, a typist, an office assistant, a dancer, a dance instructor, an entertainer, and a host of other jobs; most of which aren’t the best paying jobs. Through all of these, though, I’ve felt most alive when I’ve used my body to perform, entertain, and teach. For the past 10 years I’ve devoted my life to the art of Bboying (breakdancing). I’ve competed in numerous competitions, both as an individual and as part of a team. I’ve taught classes and workshops in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and performed on stages all over the East Coast. All this time, though, I thought that I could never make a career doing what I loved. So eventually, I stopped dancing.
Life was hard without dancing. In order to generate income, I moved in with my parents and started working a desk job. Data entry, filing papers, taking orders. I was slowly beginning to feel like Peter from Office Space. After a few months, I started taking the pressures from work home with me. I become easily irritable and slowly withdrew into my own world of computer games and digital friends. When I thought all was lost, I found boxing.
Boxing was great. I have also dabbled in kung fu for the past 8 or so years, but boxing was something else. The amount of conditioning, concentration, and energy that boxers put in day after day in the gym is unbelievable. I was seeking and escape from all my troubles, and I found it for 2 hours within that sweaty man cave of a boxing gym.
After a few weeks of training, that feeling of happiness came back to me. I had found myself once again, the same me that spent hours in dirty floors, perfecting my moves in the middle of other testosterone-filled teenagers. I realized that in order for me to be happy, I had to do something that involved using my body, otherwise, I would slowly waste away in a wooden cubicle under white florescent lights.
After 4 months of training, I created a video to show myself and others the progress I have made. Check my style out;
I then found a school out in Long Island that teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am currently attending this academy, and day after day I get choked, submitted, and beat down until I am drenched in sweat. I love every minute. I am currently attending this academy while pursuing a certification in personal training. I will be updating this site with videos, articles, and interviews that anyone can draw inspiration and motivation from in order to succeed in physical endeavors.