The Journey of Tevita Finau

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Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jordan Shipley (16) gets tackled by New York Jets defensive tackle Tevita Finau (92), defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) and inside linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes in this life, we take what we have for granted. We can say we never take anything for granted, but to be perfectly honest, majority of us do it, even if we do not plan too.

While many of us take what we have for granted, one man certainly does not. Tevita Finau, defensive lineman for the New York Jets lives his life every day never taking what he has for granted, and is appreciative of all that he has in his life.

After growing up in New Zealand, but forced to move all throughout the world as a young child, Finau never had it easy, and certainly did not have much consistency in his life.
“New Zealand is a country in which you just have to go and experience it for yourself, it is much different than America”, is how Finau described his native land. Although he was just a child, “I remember the cars driving on the left side of the road, as to the right side that we drive on here.”

“ I love and miss New Zealand everyday” is how Finau feels about his native land. But “missing” places is something that Finau had to deal with many, many times growing up. While many children would find it impossible to leave friends/family behind, Finau had a different approach to it. He said “For me I looked at it as an opportunity to build friendships, lifelong friendships”, which shows Finau’s tremendous character, and always positive way of thinking.

“Make the best of it, make as many friends as possible, and build long-lasting memories that you will cherish forever, because when it comes time to leave, you may never see these people again, and so that was the mindset that I had as a child, that allowed me to enjoy my time where ever it was we moved too” is how Finau viewed his constant moving, and it is fair to say his positive attitude towards it has made him the person that he is today.

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