I was born and raised in Tampa, FL with two brothers. Middle Child Syndrome is a very serious diagnosis and should be treated as such (I kid, I kid). I teach and perform comedy, volunteer at church, write music, pet dogs, eat pizza, and tour the world in a metal band. You know, just like everyone else.
No period of my life has escaped the effects of mental illness. From refusing to kiss girlfriends to hanging Germ-X from my belt loop, I’ve seen the corners of OCD that Monk won’t show and the depths of despair that TV conglomerates wish beyond measure that they could accurately capture. And they should be careful what they wish for.
I love human beings. If talking about all my baggage for a few minutes will help someone look their problem dead in the eye, that’s a small price to pay. I’d pay it every day – and I do. With a twinkle in my eye.
Knowing that I could be wrong at any moment keeps me feeling inspired and hopeful. If everything I know to be true in this moment turned out to be ultimately, objectively true, there would be no point in learning or living. But since I’m proven wrong at every corner, I am continuously discovering exciting new ways that I’ve fundamentally misunderstood myself and the world around me. The constant revelation that this life isn’t as bunk as I’ve always believed keeps me chugging along when things get rough.
The fact that literally anyone is capable of growing up and out of the suck. There IS a way to face this junk and use its negative momentum to fuel a positive outcome. I promise.
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