My name is Jack. I’ve been a hardcore gamer all my life, and I’ve also struggled with many of the issues gamers struggle with. Depression, poor health, low self-esteem. This is why I created The Healthy Gamer. My goal is to motivate and inspire gamers into reaching their full potential and help gamers build their dream lives.
I was born in China and moved to the US when I was eight years old. Growing up as a tiny Asian kid in a school of 99% white people created a boatload of insecurities. Maybe it would have been fine if I was great at sports, or popular. But, I was the kid that read The Wheel of Time(Robert Jordan) between classes. In Middle School when I went home I would play Ultima Online and Everquest. The closest I got to a girlfriend was a girl who “went out” with me for a day and then dumped me via the answering machine(embarassing).
All through middle school, high school, and most of college I tried to pretend to be all these different people, but deep down inside I held the belief that I wasn’t cool, I wasn’t attractive, and that I was still this little nerdy Asian kid that everyone picked on.
I got really serious about bodybuilding when I was 20 and it completely changed my life. Going to the gym everyday proved to me that with hard work and dedication everything in our lives could be changed for the better. This changed my whole outlook on life. Rather than being a victim and blaming external events for my situation I took responsibility and started actively working to change aspects of myself that I didn’t like. I started devouring self-development books and I took responsibility. And I changed.
I am now 25, graduated with my Masters in Accounting in May, and serve in the Army National Guard as an Infantryman, and now I make a full-time living working for myself doing what I love. Depression, social anxiety, low-self esteem. Those issues are all memories of a different person. My mind is filled with optimism for the future and everywhere I look I see opportunities. Life has never been better and I’ve never been happier to be alive.
The message I want to convey to you is that no matter how depressed, how hopeless, how insecure, how un-confident you feel today you can change. You can become the person you’ve always known you were destined to be. The only thing holding you back from the life of your dreams is your own beliefs. Change your beliefs and you will change your life.