Everyone has a story!
Often times, I think we tend to forget to tell it in the midst of success or accomplishments over life. I realized this week that I needed to actually TELL my story.
Back when I was in elementary school, I was in Special Ed for reading and math. I was also in speech therapy. I was a “different” kind of kid. I didn’t really connect with kids my age too well. I connected mainly with adults. As I told one friend a while ago, “at age 11 I was paying attention to thinks like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and things like The State of the Union Address.”
I was bullied…a lot…for the way I talked, the way I walked, for wearing glasses, just for living. The bullying got progressively worse going into middle school. It was to a point that I did the best I could to lay low and remain cautious as to who I associated with. I still vividly remember sitting with three other guys on the school bus, doing our best to ignore the loud, boisterous back of the bus with all its horseplay and mindless insults. We knew if we turned our heads back, it would be a long bus ride.
I was able to get out of Special Ed by 6th grade and by 8th grade I was in the National Junior Honor Society. My grades couldn’t have been better and I built up a background as “the weatherman.” My love for the study of weather, Meteorology, grew intensely during that time. Well, that, broadcast news and cartoons of course.
Later in life, my 20s to be exact, my interest in Meteorology faded as far as doing it for TV news and turned into me writing a young adult (middle school age) book series about a 12-year-old boy and a pet river otter getting into all kinds of sci-fi adventures.
I was later called to preaching and youth ministry and with that I’m constantly speaking, preaching and writing on topics like bullying, manhood, identity and much more. My desire, my dream, is to go place to place, city to city, coast to coast, physically and digitally, to share my testimony of how I survived such an intense childhood and how I made it this far.
I love speaking to kids and I love speaking to teens and adults!
I’m ready to tell my story! What I have shared here is only the tip of the iceberg. What is your story!?