AwareNow: Issue 7: The Return Edition

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TRI BOURNE

BOURNE AGAIN

RETUNING TO THE GAME STRONGER AND WISER

“When faced with adversity, some fall while others rise. Faced with a life altering autoimmune disease, Tri Borne rose. He returned to his sport and his life with a stronger, wiser version of himself. His story is one to inspire us all. ” - Allié M. ALLIÉ: Are you returning to the court where you were before? Or are you returning better than you've ever been before? TRI: I definitely feel like I'm returning better than before. That was something that I thought would be difficult to pull off. I needed a challenge during that time away from sport. That was what was eating me up the most - not having something to strive towards. That was the challenge. Can I get past all this and then look back and say I'm better off because of it? I was looking for the things that I could gain during that difficult time, and I honestly think I pulled it off because that's how I feel right now. With volleyball alone, there's a lot that I learned because I kept myself relevant in this space. I started the podcast and talked to a lot of players about volleyball. That kept my mind sharp. I also broadcasted and watched a lot. So, in terms of volleyball, I’ve just seen a lot and it's helping me develop as a player for sure. More importantly, it's the stuff off the court - just doing the self-work, self-awareness and mindfulness. It was working on myself in terms of being a family man. I got married during that time. I recently had a kid. So, just growing as a person and learning new things being open to change. I think I've really come to realize that change is a positive thing. A lot of us try to go back to our norm because it's comfortable. Change is difficult. To come out of it with something more is what my goal was and definitely something I want to continue to do moving forward.

BOURNE AGAIN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TRI BOURNE

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