35: Selema Masekela on Childhood, Anxiety, and Surfing

Welcome to Episode 35 of The Madhappy Podcast. We kick off the episode talking about our goals for the new year (4:07), as Peiman asks Selema about his childhood living in two very opposing homes and lifestyles (10:40). Selema opens up about his relationships with his father and step father (14:27) as Mason shares the challenges that came with the confusion of not having a relationship with his biological father and the importance of recognizing them to heal and grow as an individual (16:39). The group talks about the idea of an invisible backpack filled with history and memories (20:13), as Peiman asks Selema about the struggles that came with living a dual life (22:31). Selema talks about his experiences with anxiety (30:00) and imposter syndrome (39:10) before sharing how he came to find and love the sport and practice of surfing (43:08). We move into a conversation about the extreme pressures that come with being a professional athlete (47:57) before we wrap up by learning about the inspiration behind Selema’s new brand, Mami Wata, and book, Afrosurf (55:33). Mami Wata What Shapes Us Podcast Afrosurf We talk about some serious topics on this show. We are not professionals and are not giving advice. If you or someone you know needs help, please text start to 741741 and for additional resources please visit LocalOptimist.com/Get-Help The Madhappy Podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Follow us: @Madhappy | @LocalOptimist Visit us: Madhappy.com | LocalOptimist.com

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