For those of you that know me know my story behind my name change. For those of you that don’t, I was born Lenroy Cameron Thompson Jr. on August 16, 1988. Being a junior, my parents called me Cameron. Why didn’t they just call me Junior? Some questions can’t be answered.
At age 10, I was a fan of the (very relative at the time) rapper Cam’ron so I called myself as Cam’ron to be like him. I even convinced my grandmother to allow me to get my left ear pierced. She was convinced it was because I was gay but she still accepted me. lol.
I eventually shortened my name down to Cam. At boxing matches I was referred to by my legal name Lenroy. If you knew me from boxing, you knew me as Lenroy. As I became more successful as a boxer, I started breaking out of my shell. After winning a few national championships the person I used to be differed completely from who I became.
In the span of 4 years I became many different people in a desperate search to find out who I truly was. I was no longer suppressing myself due to a lack confidence and even became overly confident and a bit of a douche. I wasn’t always perfect while figuring things out.
After winning the 2012 Olympic Trials before getting kicked off the team and suspended for a year, I found myself. It was a great experience and I was honestly at my worst. I found alone time and I found darkness. I reflected on who I used to be, who I want to be and who I really am.
After hitting my low point, I decided to sober up and get my shit together. I became a vegan, cleaned up my life and reached out to some for forgiveness. I decided on who I was going to be. I was going to be Awesome.
I went to legally change my first name and figured I should change my entire name…because…why the hell not? I gave it very little thought and came up with “Cam Fawesome”. I figured it may be deemed as offensive so I changed it to “Cam F Awesome”. I chose February 16th to change it because it’s my half-birthday.
I threw an “After-Birth-day party”
February 16, 2013 to introduce Cam F Awesome to the world. I’ve made a conscious decision to be the best version of myself. I decided to be what I would want my child to be. If I become a role model to others, sure. But I’m going to be the role model I would want for my child. Open-mindedness, free of judgement and a giver.
So who would Mr. Awesome be? Who ever the hell he wants. I figured out the importance of hard work and the ability to become whatever you want using hard work. Mr. Awesome will be ambitious and persistent. I decided to chase my Olympic dream again, I decided to be a speaker and I decided to be a comedian.
I’m sure I look like a crazy person but Mr. Awesome is similar the honey badger. My goal is to leave a lasting legacy so my name remains centuries after my body withers away. I want to have the ability to help as many people as possible.
I don’t want money, I want the resources that money gets. Then I want to handout those resources like Santa. But I want to have a lot of fun doing it. It has been 5 years that I’ve been Mr. Awesome. I think I’m living up to my own expectations.