10 most significant events in your life
- My birth. January 11th, 1996 was the day I was brought into this world to a husband and wife with a 2 year old daughter.
- When I almost drowned.When I was 6, we were having our family reunion in Vermont. Every reunion, we go tubing in a nearby river. That year, we had gotten a lot of snow and received a lot of rain as well, making the river fast and deep. I was on a tube with my dad because I was too small to have my own. At one point we hit a fallen tree branch sticking out of the water and flipped over. I was not a strong swimmer so I sank to the bottom and moved with the current. My dad couldn’t reach the ground because of how deep the water was. But he worked himself harder than I had ever seen before to grab me and pull me up. That was the day my dad saved my life.
- My first guitar lesson. No, the actual lesson wasn’t too significant, but the fact that I began to learn guitar is very significant. I’m in a band where I play guitar and I write acoustic music. Basically, I don’t think I would be as musically inclined today if I never learned guitar.
- The day I lost respect for most authority. This is a story I’ve told millions of times. but anyway, I had a socially challenged kid in my class in 4th grade from Africa. One day, I made a dumb joke because I was ten, to which he replied “that was cheesy” and I said “no it’s chocolatey”, another dumb 10 year old kinda joke. He perceived that as “you’re chocolatey” and told me that it was offensive. I said sorry, but I didn’t know what was offensive about it, and I was hardly aware of any form of racism. But his mom called the school that day, and the next day I was called down to the office, where I was instantly met with screaming, and I cried a lot. My principal continued to tell me how much of a terrible terrible kid I was in a very loud voice down a hallway to the library, where she made me write a two page report on why Rosa Parks was a hero. After I was done, she brought me back into the office and had me sit in the lobby. All day, teachers would come in, notice my red, tear-stung face, ask the principal what I did, and then have their turn to tell me I was disgusting. My parents weren’t notified and I was scared to tell them because I thought they’d be mad at me. Eventually, they found out and called a meeting with my principal. My principal was prideful, she wouldn’t apologize or admit that she was in the wrong. She only kept emphasizing how upset the other kid’s mom was, so she acted quickly. It was obviously to save her job and have a good reputation. They had me come in and she shook my hand and said she was sorry. She didn’t mean a word of it. She had the audacity to scar me like that and not even care. I’m still working through anger and bitterness about it. I’ve had very big authority issues growing up, and they’re still not gone. Adults, especially those in power, make me angry and I don’t trust them. And it’s all her fault.
- Losing my best friend. This is also a tired story. I had a lovely best friend. We started to be more than friends and snuck off during and after school to fool around. She had deep feelings for me, and I think I had feelings for her, but I couldn’t admit it and I was awful to her a lot of the time. She decided she was done with it and abandoned me. In this time I had to work through milder self mutilation, bad depression, and getting past it and moving on. It took me two years to really get over it, but I’m glad I did.
- Teen Camp 2010. This was the year of teen camp where I realized my life was in a gradual downward spiral if I didn’t try to change. I was about a week away from experimenting with drugs when I went that year, and though I didn’t change too much after, I did make the decision to not get involved with drugs, which saved a lot of trouble.
- Getting close to my sister. This wasn’t a moment, really. But a series of conversations and bonding that made us practically best friends. I love her to death. Today was actually the day she moved into her new apartment… I miss her already.
- Buying Mixcraft. I record absolutely all my music on mixcraft. Without it, nothing would be produced. And my electronic music wouldn’t exist.
- Going to San Antonio. At the International church of Christ conference in Texas, I fully realized and understood God’s love. I made a plan to come home and really change myself and take a very large step to getting baptized, and hey look, I did.
- Getting baptized. This was and will be known as the biggest day in my entire life. That day I made a decision not to live for myself, but for my God. I made the decision to love other people even when they hate me, because Jesus loved everyone, and I am called to do the same. This was the day where I gained salvation and received God’s forgiveness, not because I deserved it, but because of his grace and love. No matter what happens to me in life, it’s okay. I’m at peace because God is with me and I’ll do what I can so that other people can feel that peace and have that relationship with him. I’ve never had such a purpose to wake up everyday as I do now. It’s amazing.
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