Thu, 2 May 2019
A proud father of one, Marine Corps combat Veteran, Indianapolis Firefighter, mental health advocate, peer support specialist, with a mission to bring hope to the hopeless. Through his lifetime, adversity and turmoil strengthened and equipped him with experiences understand the misunderstood and love the unlovable.
Michael’s mom passed away when he was in 3rd grade. His aunt signed paperwork so he could join the Marine Corps. Right out of high school.
He has lived through some very tough experiences and had a period where he felt that gave him license to make bad choices and be bad. He says he had a victim mindset that infected his whole life. He had difficulty with substance use and came very close to taking his own life. He felt hopeless and isolated.
He still works to keep the victim mentality at bay. He has a plan and people he can call if he’s not feeling well. His go to people are real and tough but also let him be heard and have empathy. He also found God and turns there when times are tough.
Michael now provides that for others as a Peer Support Specialist for the firefighters he works with.
His words of wisdom for others: process your emotions. Embrace the struggle and then move forward. Lose the victim mentality. Instead of asking why me ask, what can I learn?
When you go for something go all in. Screw it up with confidence. Be intentional and learn from your mistakes.