Every time Jei-Won takes a pizza out of the oven, he’s a step closer to his goal in life.
And he already makes a damn good pizza.
Today’s conversation showed me that you really don’t know everything about people you know. I knew that he was adopted, and had lost both his parents. But the way he looks at life is a way everyone should, if they don’t already.
After his parents passed away, his mom in 2009 from breast cancer and his dad in May from liver failure, he had a massive amount of doubt. A majority of that doubt came from his father’s last words basically being that he never loved Jei-Won and regretted adopting him.
“Some days I just don’t feel like getting out of bed.”
His drive in life now is the ability to move on and prove himself. That is coming with his fairly recent discovery of culinary arts.
Following his mom’s death, Jei-Won basically put life on hold — he did finish his degree at Grand Valley State. He took out student loans he didn’t need and racked up credit card debt, trying to help his family on the Eastside of the state.
He would send money as often as he could, even though he knew much of it would go to alcohol.
He sold off most of his personal possessions to make ends meet.
His personal relationships suffered.
But he pushed on, and even though he had it bad, he would remind himself there’s always someone out there who has it worse.
“Since 2009, it’s just been a struggle to move on and be successful,” he said. “Right now I just need to prove to myself I can do it, and I’ve found I love in culinary arts.
“It keeps me busy, and it makes other people happy.”
He’s a great guy; nice and funny as can be. And he makes a great pizza pie — I don’t think I can say that enough.
The conclusion of the conversation was basically, “Be content with who you are and where you are,” but to always push and strive to be better.
Our conversation deviated into thoughts about how large the universe is and the crazy things that are out there and how there has to be something more to life than just happiness and that legacies should play a role.
But then that leaves us with the question, “What does a legacy matter when the human race goes extinct?”