Dealing with the death of a brother and how to stay positive, with Roshan Karu

This was definitely a tough interview for me. I had the chance to sit down with a good friend of mine, Roshan Karu, who recently lost his brother to testicular cancer. What everyone needs to know is that Roshan is probably one of the strongest people that I know—both physically and mentally. Physically because he’s a boxer that packs a damn punch, and mentally because he’s such a positive soul.

Roshan and I had the pleasure of meeting my first week in Sydney. We met through my flatmate, and have been friends since. I always say that you should keep positive, upbeat people around you that can bring you out of a slump, and Roshan definitely possesses those personality traits. I always consider myself as a positive person, but after sitting down with Roshan for a few hours, I realised that I have some work to do.┬áThe interview with Roshan was a special one to me. Not only was I there to listen to a friend speak about his brothers’ life, but I was also able to share a bit of his sorrows as I had lost a close family member as well, my Dad. When someone passes away, we often hear from others a phrase that doesn’t always seem so genuine; “I know how you feel.” In this case, I knew how Roshan felt to lose someone close to him, and it brought us both a lot of comfort knowing we had both experienced similar events.

Here are some of the key points I learned from my interview with Roshan:

  1. Be a better version of yourself- This is probably one of my favourite things to tell people after interviewing Roshan. I’m often asked from many people how they can get out of a bad time, or change their routine. My answer is always “be a better version of yourself.” That one statement can literally change someones life. I know, for a damn fact, that it changed mine.
  2. Give 100% to everything- Roshan gives credit to his brother as to why he has this attitude of giving 100% to everything in life. Whether Roshan is at the gym, at work, or even out with some friends, he puts in 100% of his effort because he knows it will come back around in a positive way.
  3. These are the cards you get dealt- Sometimes, events that take place in life happen for a reason. Not all experiences are bad, some of them occur to teach you something. After Roshan’s brother passed away, Roshan made a decision to roll with the punches. Instead of dwelling about the past, live for today to make your future a better one.

The best part about sitting down with Roshan wasn’t just the interview, but it was after the mic turned off. We sat at my table for hours with a few beers discussing life and death, and what we both learned from our experiences.

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