Meet Angelo, an OpenText™ colleague from Makati City, Philippines. In this post, Angelo gives us a glimpse into one of his favorite hobbies: boxing!
Where did your love of boxing come from?
It started with my dad watching Mike Tyson’s fights when I was a kid. I remember the first time I saw him watch Tyson’s fight and how he was jumping up and down. I got curious as to why so much emotion and joy came from a single boxer, and that curiosity and excitement continues to this day.
Who are some of your boxing inspirations?
I look up to both previous and current boxers. Mike Tyson still inspires me every day. Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko are current boxers that I look up to. All of these boxers have unique boxing styles that aren’t easy to replicate. I also love their attitudes towards life and boxing.
What does wellness mean to you?
For me, wellness is all about passion. When you’re doing something that you’re passionate about, struggles and challenges won’t knock you down. You’ll keep pushing forward no matter what. Yes, you’ll get tired from time to time, but you’ll still be happy and fulfilled inside because you’re passionate about what you do.
What is the most rewarding part about boxing?
The most rewarding part about boxing is not being winded after walking up three flights of stairs! Since I started boxing, I’ve developed a lot of endurance and I feel so healthy. I also use boxing as a way to release tension and stress, which helps me cope during difficult times.
Has boxing taught you any important life lessons?
Boxing has taught me a lot. It taught me that even when things can be difficult at first, there will always be something rewarding waiting for you at the end, in one way or another. Boxing has also taught me the value of self-discipline. I always try to be the bigger person in every situation. Sometimes people get the wrong impression of me because I like to box, but I will never use the same fists I use inside the ring outside of its four corners unless necessary.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Find what you enjoy and try to do it at least one hour each day. It doesn’t have to be boxing. Find what excites you to get up and get moving. There are so many fitness programs out there that can suit your interests and your personality. Find what inspires you to be a better version of yourself and never stop until you‘re stronger and healthier inside and out.
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