Meet Ethan Wall. If you’ve been around the Only7Seconds world in the past few years, chances are you’ve probably heard a bit of Ethan’s story. But in this episode, Ethan shares about the experience that led to inspire his mom, Kristin Wall to start Only7Seconds. He reflects on what he’s learned about friendships, the importance of asking for help, and navigating differences in friendships.
He gets vulnerable by talking about the transitioning from high school in a small rural town to college in a suburb of Seattle and how that revealed some insecurities he was carrying. Lastly, he shares some of the values he’s learned to live from that have grown his connection with others. He says: “When you are enthusiastic, like a joy-giver and life-bringer to a situation- it rubs off on people and you can see the result. That then creates a lot of deep bonds because then people love being around you and you love being around them.”
Ethan is currently working as a graduate assistant as he pursues his master’s degree at Northwest University.
This is his story.
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Growing up in a town of 500 people, Ethan experienced a tight-knit family and community. In his words, his no-stoplight town, Pateros, WA, “revolved around sports.”
“My basketball team was like one of the things that brought a lot of people together, because we were pretty dang good.”
In Ethan’s freshman year of high school, his basketball team was headed to regionals, when he contracted pneumonia and a lung infection that caused him to be bedridden for 23 days.
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