Heartache to Growth: My Story
Photo: Worry, Pain, Varanasi India, 2017, BRYCE Watanasoponwong.
When I was young and naive, I thought I could take on the entire world. This wasn’t even about being courageous — I was just that optimistic. I thought that if I tried hard enough, everything would fall into place.
That gave me a great sense of adventure, so I left my home country of Thailand behind
to live and work in Australia. I spent two decades there, building a life that I enjoyed. I had a comfortable 9-5 job, an active social circle, and a long-term relationship that brought me security and joy.
Life was complete. Or, at least, that’s how I felt at the time.
The first domino to fall was my job. I didn’t have much control over that one — the 2008 global financial crisis wound up getting me laid off. And shortly after that, my nearly 10-year relationship ended.
That one really hurt. At this point, there was pain coming in from all sides. I was angry, hurt, and ashamed. I felt like an enormous failure.
But as painful as that all was, it was necessary to jumpstart an enormous transformation that my life was about to take — one that made my life infinitely more rewarding and meaningful.
If those things hadn’t happened, I might have never returned to Thailand, discovered my passion for creating art, and started on a journey of creation. When I was newly single and unemployed, it didn’t feel like a good thing. But the years have proven that these were critical in making me happier than I ever thought possible.
The key is to embrace vulnerability
— even when it's hard..