My life, to date, has been an incredible journey that even I wouldn’t believe if I hadn’t lived it myself. Every day is a conveyor belt of weird, exciting, unpredictable escapades with the opportunity to learn, create and collaborate with a bizarre cast of characters. There is no telling where all of this is going, but every day I wake up is another chance to see where it leads.
I have achieved incredible successes in my life. As a child, I was a champion athlete and an accomplished concert musician. As an adult, I taught myself how to fluently speak/read/write a second language. I was a homeless, vagabond high school drop-out before I started my own business, became a father and bought my first home before the age of 25. I’ve owned several homes and built a million-dollar business.
I have also suffered devastating losses. My father died in my arms when I was a young man. I’ve been divorced twice. I’ve been sued. I suffered a traumatic brain injury which set in motion a chain of events that led to the loss of all of my assets, my business, a marriage and my reputation. Hopelessly in debt, and at the edge of despair, I nearly lost my sanity.
Somehow, I have survived the dark days riddled with drug and alcohol induced fugues punctuated with bar fights and reckless behavior. It seems that my will to live has been stronger than my ability to destroy myself.
Just after my 40th birthday, I began writing the observations and experiences I had accumulated along the winding path of my life. Initially, my intention was to condense my thoughts and feelings into a manuscript to share with my teenaged kids to help them understand how I had arrived in this place and why I made some of my decisions.
When I began this process, my girlfriend, Birdy, who is my muse and partner, encouraged me to share my story in blog form, putting it out into the world. By owning my past, both the triumphs and the tribulations, I am able to overcome disappointment and begin my personal revolution.
As I will share in this blog (and the videos and other projects I’ve been delving into), I have resolved to live a purposeful life that runs toward things that move me and add value to the world.
The path I took, as well as the one I am presently on, may not be for everyone. But the lessons I’ve learned along the way are universal. No matter where this road may lead, I am happy to be moving forward again. No matter what road you are on, I am glad you could join me.