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Hi, I’m Jean-Pierre, I was born in South Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. I started speaking English after High School working as a waiter.
I grew up in the southern coastal regions of South-Africa at breathtaking places like Mosselbay, Knysna, and Tsitsikamma. In those areas there are these huge mountain ranges, they would rise all the way up and disappear in the clouds.
Driving on these mountain passes, you would occasionally drive through the clouds and end up above the clouds. From there you would overlook an ocean of clouds and the mountain peaks would appear as islands, sticking out through the clouds.
These mountain ranges stretch from Cape town along the south coast to Port Elisabeth, then turn northbound, along the east coast pass Durban.
I was born dead.
The problem was my lungs, which had not developed properly. For the first couple of weeks of my life, I was placed in an oxygen tank. The doctors told my mom “teach this boy how to swim. That way he will develop his lungs.”
At 6 months old I was almost murdered.
When I was just 6 months old, my mother´s boyfriend came home drunk and angry. He grabbed me, held a gun to my head and pulled the trigger twice. The gun just went click, click. He threw me down to one side and the gun to the other. The gun fired two shots straight through the wall. My brother was 6 years old at the time, he and my mom witnessed it all. That same night my mom left that guy.
When I was 4-years-old I drowned.
They found me at the bottom of the pool, no-one knew how long I had been underwater. They revived me and here I am today.
You will always see a smile on my face, even though the initial cards life gave me sucked!
No matter how bad things get sometimes, I always see the silver lining in the darkest clouds.
- I believe the tallest, greenest trees grows in the deepest shit.
- It is not what we go through that makes us or breaks us. It is what we tell ourselves about what we go through that makes us or breaks us.
- I like to think life is like a game of poker: No matter the cards I have, I am going to play my hand and keep playing as long as I breathe.
I work very hard and everything I do, I do to the max. That simply means I fully submerge in everything I do. On many occasions to my own detriment but much more to my own success.
Looking back at my life.
I started wondering. Why any of the things that could have killed me, didn´t?
Why am I still here? What was the reason? What is my purpose?
All these questions made me feel like I was drowning in an endless ocean of darkness. I thought to myself; since everything that is created on this planet has some purpose attached to it, what was mine?
On my 37th birthday, I finally realized why I was still here, alive and well.
- I had always been the happiest in the water and by the ocean.
- My dream career was a to be a diver.
- I wanted to find a way to preserve and help our oceans.
Your happiness is normally a clue to your purpose.
I am starting my internship 21 Aug2017 at Marine Conservation Philippines.
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