Survival is Underrated

“There’s a lot to be said for surviving.” —Anonymous In my early 20’s, I was going through a rough patch. I had moved to a new town to start a new life. A high school dropout with no goals or aspirations, I was awkward, antisocial, and broke. In spite of my better judgement, I got…

Service is Empathy’s Purpose

As someone who has always struggled to find innate happiness, existential purpose, and a sense of belonging, the discovery of service to others as a path to each of these has been both eye-opening and life changing. As a young kid, I always felt like an outsider. I was bullied daily by older kids at…

Overcoming (The Great) Depression in a Multi-Generational Household

My maternal grandfather was a young boy during The Great Depression. Many of his extended family members, uncles and aunts, were out of work for long periods of time during this historic economic downturn. My grandfather’s father, however, was fortunate enough to maintain a good, steady job with the phone company throughout. Growing up, my…