What exactly is a blog? Well the definition of a blog is simply a ‘web log’.
Hearing this got me thinking –
I’ve always been full of ideas, contemplating the big questions in the world and jotting down new ideas.
A web log – the perfect platform to simply record all my thoughts, experiences & discoveries.
The truth is, I’m just like everyone else out there. No-one really knows exactly where we’re going or where we’ll end up but having a place to reflect on my thoughts while sharing some stories sounds liberating.
Well I guess you’re wondering, who am I?
I’m Noah – a quintessential Melbourne guy.
Growing up in Australia, I spend a lot of my time playing sport, travelling around the world and sitting at home feeling guilty about all the university classes I’m skipping.
Raised by a single mother within the confines of an Asian culture in a western nation and often being the only black person in my school year or friends group left me dissonant and constantly analysing who I really am.
As I’ve travelled around the world, I’ve realised my colourful background has contributed to cognitive diversity that enables me to perceive the world through several lenses.
3 years ago I was involved in an accident where I could’ve and should’ve died…
… I was left with over 100 staples & stitches covering scars littered across my body and most significantly an arm injury so severe that it was nearly amputated, with the distinct possibility that I’d never use my hand again.
I lay in the hospital bed frustrated at the circumstances life had thrown at me and disappointed that once again I’d found myself in an uncompromising situation and let everyone down, I vowed that if I was given a second chance I would make the most of opportunity and serve as a positive light to everyone around me.
Through this chapter and the following rehabilitation, I discovered that we can’t control the circumstances around us but we always have control over ourselves and our mindset.
Since then I’ve pursued a life where I am lead by my dreams instead of pushed by my problems.
Through this blog, I want to explore this story, the context & build-up around this event and the significant opportunity for internal growth. For others out there in the struggle I hope to serve as a reminder that no matter what the situation, we’re all resilient and able to push through the worst of circumstances as I share my story of recovery.
I’m an advocate for mental health
Having experienced a spectrum of the darker aspects of mental health and the crippling effects these can have on all aspects of life.
I aim to serve as one part of a bigger movement throughout our society to not only remove the stigma surrounding mental health but encourage discussions surrounding this topic.
Everyone has a story, by sharing mine – if it helps spark just one more conversation about such a critical issue then I’ll be happy.
This is a place for me to be vulnerable and discuss things that I’ve supressed for so long and I hope that you appreciate this and engage with me on a conversation that can no longer be overlooked.
The biggest growth in life happens outside of our comfort zones and there’s nothing more mentally stimulating than travelling to new environments.
I’ve had the opportunity to visit 32 countries over the past few years and lived in 3 different continents (including Australia) over this time.
I’ve just got back from living in Europe and I have many tales and observations to share.
Finally, my passions:
I love my sport
Sport is an allegory for life and there’s so many lessons we can learn that become pillars for who we are as people.
I’ve had the opportunity to compete in boxing at the state championship level and this sport has taught me about life, hard-work & grit –
Not many people will experience the adrenaline, rush and thrill of stepping in between those ropes but I hope to share these experiences and what I’ve learnt about life, hard-work & grit with you.
Finally, I’m passionate about making a difference in society.
I believe that everyone deserves a fair chance at life and we’re all blessed in Australia to have incredible opportunities so I feel an obligation to help those who are struggling. Having the chance to found my own not-for-profit charity Mobilise has exposed me to an often overlooked aspect in the underbelly of our city.
So that’s a bit about me.
Now I can’t promise to teach you how to make $1000 a day like all those online ads
I hope to explore many of the big questions that we all share but are often too busy to explore. I promise to approach each topic in a raw and unfiltered way.
Big Questions; Real Answers
While you’re here, feel free to explore my other blog posts – Life Without A Father, The Night I Nearly Died, Time Isn’t Real, How To Eternally Grow, My Biggest Fear, Stories From The Street & Escaping The Bubble.
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