Getting To Know THE SELF
5 Questions you can ask yourself and reflect on.
Bea Tan answers for herself.
What was the biggest of all the challenges you had to face?
Learning to sit and do nothing, taking time to think things through and create conversations with myself. Accepting things that I cannot change and facing the fear of being bored and not doing anything. Slowly learning to accept things as it is, it has given me a whole new set of eyes to see the things I should see. Sometimes tough to see reality but it is what liberates us and makes us move forward.
How did this impact your mental and physical health? Spirituality?
I am mentally tougher and more in touch spiritually. I am less ‘fitter’ and I can’t probably last a whole beach volleyball match if I compete right now but I am better. Still continuously finding the balance. And I am much wiser now to believe that we are given what we need at the right place and time so there’s no need to always fight the current.
Have your priorities and goals changed?
I’ve always been too idealistic about things and aiming for something always bigger – my dream for BVR, to one day be known worldwide through world class beach volleyball tournaments in our beautiful island is still there. And I know that is only a matter of time until that happens. The journey towards there may not be the same as how I thought it would be. As we grow into this world, we see things better, brighter and that goes in line with what my Lasallian and Jesuit education has taught me – to be a person for others. However, it is only now that I realized that far more importantly, in order for me to serve others, I need to make sure I am equipped with all the tools I need and that means constantly working towards being my best self. So I am reminded to be the best person I can be so I can be the best person I can be for others.
What have you discovered about yourself that you have not been consciously aware of before?
That with the right attitude and mindset, we can adapt and we can learn to take control of the things we can and let go of the things that are beyond us.
How do you see yourself in the near future?
Working on my best self while I wait for the next opportunity to be able to compete again. I am working towards making a small ripple of change for my own community by promoting how mindful eating and exercise can get us to live healthier, happier and better. This year, I look forward to meeting more people and taking part of their own journey of self discovery, self mastery and self love as I continue towards my own.