How Team RWB Became My Vehicle for Change

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Blog written by: Alex Chong

Before joining Team RWB Annapolis, I was at a low point in my life. I was depressed. I had nobody to turn to. I had no direction and no one to tell me where to go or how to get there. I was lost. Somewhere along the way, I made a decision to change my life. It was like someone flipped a switch. I was so tired of losing and failing at life. I knew I had to change, but I just didn’t know how. So, I went to the Vet Center for some help with the goal of converting some negatives into positives.

That was the beginning of a new journey. While at the Vet Center, I ran into Tyler Scharar, who introduced me to Team Red, White & Blue. After some thought and a little research, I joined the team…and that has easily been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Team RWB has been instrumental in turning my life around. Because the Chapter provides so many different opportunities to get active and connect with others, Team RWB has become the main vehicle that drives my growth as a person.

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Stand-up paddle boarding is one such opportunity. I was afraid of the deep water because I cannot swim. Despite my fears, I signed up and showed up to the event. As a result, I am mentally stronger and ready to overcome any obstacles that come my way. Another opportunity that I took advantage of when I signed up were the social events. My social skills aren’t the best, but with time and the support of my Team, they are steadily improving.

During this time, I was studying many successful people such as Admiral McRaven, Tony Robbins, and Jacko Willink. I read about their failures and what they did to overcome them. Turns out, failure isn’t such a bad thing. The most important aspect is to apply the lessons from your own failures; and that is exactly what I did. After that, I start setting goals. My goals are to impact people around me in a positive manner. I am out to define myself and to take it to the next level for the better.

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To this day, I wake up with many challenges. I stopped complaining about how bad life is and stopped making excuses, because frankly, nobody cares about that stuff except yourself. I challenge myself almost every day. Make no mistake about it, this is not a one-person show, and by no means is it easy. I had a lot of help along the way. My philosophy is to grow as a human being, and Team RWB helps me do just that.

Thank you Team RWB Annapolis! You are truly great people and I greatly appreciate all your support and help.

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