Meet Iva Lim Peck: Integrated Oriental & Functional Medical Clinician, Tai Chi instructor
Hi Iva Lim, how do you think about risk, what role has taking risk played in your life/career?
To me, a RISK is an undertaking of something uncertain. It may be unexpected, with some aspect of loss or danger, the possibility of incurring harm, misfortune, or something unpleasant or unwelcome to happen. It may also turn out well. Until I started to answer this question, I had not realized how much of my life was full of risks. Some of them seemed to be negative at first, but I could never have accomplished what I have without taking risks. Some of the outcomes that appeared to be negative, actually moved me ahead to reach my ultimate goals. I came into this world with risk. My mother almost lost me and was on bed rest during the last trimester. I was the fourth girl in the Chinese tradition where having sons was more important.
Instinctively, I grew up always having to prove myself , having to stand up for myself, and always giving more than receiving just to get approval from my mother and people in my life. Being brought up in a Chinese culture, my personality developed with strict values for family, work, society, and ethics. I faced many challenges that had major impact on my life. I grew up in poverty being one of nine children. My mother was exceptionally organized, akin to being OCD today. I developed a “need to succeed,” to be top in class or be severely punished. When I was nine, my parents sent my older siblings away so they could seek a better life. I had to then take care of the younger siblings and share household chores while studying to meet expectations…