I am sitting on a bench overlooking the Adriatic Sea at this outdoor patio for “Basta’s”, a 10/10 (in my opinion) pizza restaurant in Split. I’m here in Split for a few more days, having been here a month, before I return to my life in Canada. This trip has been an awesome learning experience which is largely due to great, reflective conversations that have gone down between myself and my two other travelling roommates. Who knows when I’ll see these two again, one from Costa Rica, one from Germany. All of us meeting here to play online poker professionally for the month, I feel like we’ve (or especially I’ve) come out of this experience with an enhanced clarity on what my position currently is and what I’d like it to be in this world. I got into online poker when I was 18, and a year later dropped out of the University of Western studying Media Information and Technology after 1 year due to disinterest. Now being 22, I realize that my passion for poker is not what it once was when I dropped out of the Western program out of dispassion to pursue making a living out of this card game out of a passion for what it was and what could possibly come of it. After 3 years of playing professionally, (the last year which I barely even played) I realize that my time in this game is very limited. I honestly don’t give a shit about learning the strategies better and I don’t have very much respect (to whom I once very much looked up to) for those who do. The monetary fuel that drives the cashflow into the bank and crypto accounts of professional poker players comes from those who are gambling irresponsibly. We contribute nothing productive to the world, and in a few years AI bots will be likely at a high level and commercially accessible in which I predict will then make online poker a complete shit show (not that it isn’t much of one now due to similar, various issues in the realm of cheating). I will still play poker because it is just that lucrative for me given the skillset I have developed, but I have decided to return to University in September 2021 to study psychology, with the end intention of becoming a therapist. I think I will be very good at this and I can tell I have the internal compassion (probably inherited from my Mom) to really want to help people who I see are mentally/emotionally struggling in front of me. I will probably have to get a masters and maybe even a PHD, and to be honest I’m kind of looking forward to the grind. I have developed a pretty sick skillset for work ethic in order to stay on top of my game for poker, that I if applied to academic studies, I suspect will be very effective. I also want to become a better writer. I think I have a lot of good ideas, and with an improved skillset to express these ideas alongside with the communal respect that comes from accumulating academic credentials, I expect this to lead to these ideas being taken more seriously and having larger widespread impact. Maybe I’ll write books, maybe I’ll just write blogs, maybe I start a podcast or YouTube channel, who the hell knows. I do know though that I want to have a positive impact on the world and help all the emotional and intellectual disfunction that is taking place everywhere. Gonna try my best to stay humble, stay open minded, and be prepared to get my ass kicked along the way. Vamos.