I am writing today to announce my recent departure from my most recent job, 22 Athletics. As one of the first Crossfit boxes in Saudi Arabia, 22 seemed like an excellent opportunity to greatly help a developing market while I was also being offered an opportunity to make a lot of money.
Unfortunately after three months I am already heading home, permanently. I've tried several times to write out a version of this post that doesn't come off as vindictive and mean, and unfortunately I've realized that I can't really explain or justify my actions without doing so. In other words, I am sorry to admit that I cannot fully explain here my decision to leave. I will admit that the split was only somewhat amicable, and that I had serious concerns over the differences between the culture I was used to and the one I found myself in. Many promises were delivered to me in order to get me to move out to Saudi, and when they failed to materialize I knew it was better off for me to come home than to continue working at 22.
However, I greatly appreciated my time with 22. I got to learn a lot about Crossfit, and about different styles of training than I would have ever had a chance to otherwise. I worked with excellent coaches from all over the world. I loved the members and had a blast working with them, many of whom were highly motivated and greatly enjoyed the Crossfit model. I made many friends that I'm sad to say goodbye to. I began to learn some Arabic, and learned so much about the culture that I may never have another opportunity to see. The food was beyond amazing, and I tried more new food in the past three months than I have in the past three years. The biggest eye opener was Arabic coffee, which is definitely the best thing in the world and single-handedly turned me into a coffee drinker. I appreciated seeing the middle east for myself, and having the chance to experience it without having to look through the lens of biased media coverage.
(If you're interested in seeing more of my recent trip photos, don't hesitate to check out my instagram at warrior_strength for everything I've been up to, and some stuff I haven't even posted yet.)
However, all things have to come to an end, sooner or later. I will be moving on, hopefully to bigger and better things. In the next few months, I'll be searching for a new job. In the meantime, I'll be rolling out some more aggressive plans for the continued development of my web presence. Crisis = opportunity.