I was diagnosed with a severe temporal spatial deficit a learning disability that means I have zero spatial relations skills. It was official: I was a genius trapped in an idiot’s body.
I was learning as I did in the Ministry of Defense. I never knew but I always learned.
I wanted to get to that aesthetic proposition that comes out of learning the human elements of a world so that those notes and rhythms mean something to you besides just the academic way in which they fall in place.
I was a kid and I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to play the drums you know? All I wanted to do was skateboard but I was still learning and taking it in so it was good.
I think the biggest thing was that I was putting pressure on myself leading up to Beijing. Now I am learning how to take that pressure off and seeing this as an incredible opportunity but not like ‘I absolutely have to medal.’
I think my family and closest friends are learning about my need to withdraw and I am learning how to restore and store my energy to both serve the community to the best of my ability and to serve my writer’s heart.
I spent a little time in Germany as a schoolboy learning German and it’s a country I knew very well spent a lot of time in. I knew the history very well. I’ve always wanted to do a piece of work about the post-war period of one sort or another.
I spent a lot of time in the school psychologist’s office. I didn’t apply myself. My mother thought I had learning disabilities.
I spent a lot of years just learning my craft and falling down in front of the camera.
I started practicing yoga. I started learning some hands-on healing stuff. And I found really good chiropractors really good massage therapists and what I found is I’ve been able to actually peel off layers of trauma on my body and actually move better now than I did.