Professional soccer player Mana Shim has a go with the flow attitude and has relied on her intuition her entire life. At 15 years old, the Hawaiian native left surfing, beaches, and her family behind, and moved to Arizona with the hope of playing college soccer at a Division One school one day.
Mana’s decision paid off, and she was recruited by her dream school, Santa Clara University. After college, Mana entered the NWSL draft, but did not get selected by any teams. She opted to tryout for the Portland Thorns, because it was the cheapest flight and the team was talented.
Mana balled out, made the team, and has been with the Portland Thorns for 5 consecutive years.
In this interview, we start out talking light about desserts, and then dive deep (in typical Mana fashion)into the topics of fear, anxiety, and death.
We touch upon:
-Mana’s uncanny ability to befriend strangers
-the mental state that allows Mana to play her best soccer
-why Mana doesn’t share her goals with people (except her therapist)
-the day Mana’s dad passed away, and why it was one of the most beautiful moments of her life
-why suffering is necessary to live a fulfilled life
-how to become a more trustworthy person via what Brene Brown calls B.R.A.V.I.N.G
-and of course, we talk about surfing, and the best wave Mana has ever ridden.
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