Manifest Part III - The Guide
W H A T T O E X P E C T
One afternoon I was at a mall looking for my favourite kind of pens in Coles Bookstore. I bumped into a long time training parter Jeff Larose. We’ve trained Jiu Jitsu for at least 4 years but were never close, never had the chance to get to know one another. We trained together here and there but it never became a regular thing.
Everyone at OAMA is family whether you’re close or not in the real world. When we come to the academy, we’ve all got one thing in common: we're all in the present moment escaping our lives. We chatted for about 10 minutes catching up basically on where we were at in our lives. I remember a few times while we were on the mats resting after a round of randori, he had expressed an interest in my travels. I don’t often share stories with people about my trip because it’s kind of hard to explain what I took away from the trip. The totality is beyond me, it changed my life….
I liked at the time how open Jeff was and I could tell he was truly listening. We looked in each others eyes when we spoke; something not everyone is comfortable with. We said our farewells and carried on with our days. Later that afternoon I received an email from him saying basically how nice it was to chat outside of the gym and we should do it again. I liked the idea and that’s basically where it began.
We chatted much like how my prof and I could chat. Exchanging ideas, experiences, opinions. Jeff is a do’er. If he says he is going to be somewhere or has a commitment to someone, you can count on him. I like that because I can learn from him how to show people in my life the same respect. I decided to bring over my journals and we started going through them.
We both realized something had to be done with the volume of material. A word I am becoming to love is “prolific”. Jeff explains, its what I am. Able to produce insane amounts of content and yeah I suppose that’s always been true. I’ve always come back to writing, no matter how much time passes without a pen in hand. I love to write out my thoughts and feelings. I have learned so much about myself in reading back the entries. I can see that I have struggled with communication over the years. This is something I still have trouble with but I’ve come a long way.
I powered through the rest of the semester with great difficulty. In liking my ideas, my content, my vision, Jeff said it was a no brainer. He asked me what would it take for me to focus strictly on building a website, writing, blogging and traveling. He wondered what it would take to make this a reality this past summer. He made me a proposition, which I excitedly accepted. Here I am 9 months later online!
I always knew I didn’t follow the beaten path in life. I’ve always sought out unique and challenging experiences, fearful of the risks involved but unwilling to let the priceless rewards pass me by.