I got into triathlons serendipitously.
The kids were very young at the time. While looking for life insurance on behalf of the kids, I had health screenings for life insurance. My blood pressure was borderline high, so the health screener suggested to diet and exercise and try the screening again in about 6 months to get a better rate. I thought to myself, ‘Diet, no way. Exercise, okay.’ At the same time, my friend Marvin invited me to start a journey towards triathlons. He said, ‘remember when you were a kid and loved to ride your bike, and run around the back yard, and jump in the pool? It’s just like that!’ So, i started with a walk around the Rose Bowl. Then a walk-run. then a run-walk. I joined the Pasadena triathlon club. I joined the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. I bought a new bike. That was in 2006.
The Lesson: I was open to following opportunities as they arose and in that process new opportunities arose.
Although I was pursuing insurance, I got a healthy lifestyle instead.
Although I reached out to an old friend, I got a new crew of healthy friends.
Although I was dealing with my current family life, I got a whole new outlook on life.
Serendipity is giving your life enough breathing room for you to explore and to flourish.
Tip: Give yourself time and space to pursue things. Pay attention to what pops up next.