I was born on 3 January, 2000 in Landstuhl, Germany, on a US military installation. For six years I lived there, followed by a brief period in Killeen, Texas, where I attended kindergarden. I returned to Germany to live with my grandparents in Konstanz, Germany, while my mother and the man who would become her new husband were deployed to Iraq.
I will never forget my time in Konstanz. The people I met, the experiences I had. I did in fact go to German public school for two years. My closest and oldest friends reside in the region, and to this day I am still in touch with them. When my mom and her new husband returned, we lived near Heidelberg for a year, where I attended the fourth grade in an American school. We moved to Nauheim then, where we were for two years. I would attend the fifth and sixth grade in Wiesbaden. American schools sponsored by the military, again.
Then came the move back to Texas in 2012, this time to Georgetown, where I would attend the seventh grade to my graduation of high school, which came a semester early. I only spent three actual years in the classroom, and the final semester was all done online. These years were a mixed bag in so many ways. Like every life, mine had ups and downs. But the ups were really high, and I'm grateful for that. And I've always gotten through the lows through the support of others or my resilience and endurance. I kept fighting on. I made mistakes and went through the lowpoints in life like everyone else has lowpoints. People working against you, rejecting you for who you are and what you believe. But then there are also those that love and appreciate you, and your life would be rather empty and difficult without those people.
The 2016 election came, and my political interests were massively reignited. I was rooting for Barack Obama in the 2012 election, a time when I was still quite ignorant and had not truly and fully developed my views. I casually supported Rand Paul and Lincoln Chafee during the primaries. Then I turned to Martin O'Malley and with some indifference whether Kasich or Christie would end up winning or not. I was following personalities more than I was following issues, and I only had a very loose philosophy. I was center-left at the time. Then I awoke and wholeheartedly supported Bernie Sanders of Vermont, attending a rally of his in February of 2016. I will never forget that day. Cold, standing for hours, but worth it in every way.
The DNC betrayed Senator Sanders, and he fell in line to support Hillary Clinton. That was not something I could support. I did research and some reflecting to find myself. I supported the Green Party and their ticket of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka. In October of that year, I attended a speech of Jill Stein's in Austin. With my mom and some friends, we snuck to the press meet after the speech. I had the privilege to meet and converse with her months later at the Global Greens Congress in Liverpool, which was in early May of 2017.
I did more and more soul-searching. I made new friends and shifted my social circle. I came to terms with the fact I am a far-left libertarian, and that's a very important part of my identity now. Also, I've been writing for years, and I started self-publishing in February of 2017, the first book (a short novella, really) being titled Hope Arising, and the second, one I've devoted four years of my life to, a political thriller by the name of A Nation's Descent. If you're interested in my work, I'd appreciate it if you visited the "Books" page on this site or searched for me on Lulu.com. I am working on quite a few projects; The Keepers is just a fraction. And anyone that truly knows me and knows me well is that I am a massive fan of DC Comics, particularly Superman, a hero I've adored and looked up to as long as I can remember.
Another development in 2017 was a diagnosis for Asperger's. It comes with ups and downs. It explains both my intense creativity and a thought process that seems unorthodox to others, as well as an inability to read certain social cues and connect with people a hundred percent of the time. I come across in ways I do not mean to. But I have embraced this part of me and have also learned some additional skills in how to interact with people.
In 2016 and 2017, I experimented with journalistic endeavors. First came The Ecosocialist, an online paper. I wrote three or so articles before I gave up. Next came a YouTube talk show titled Green Future. I must have done about twenty or twenty-five episodes. I interviewed former Green primary presidential candidate Kent Mesplay, Green Senate candidate Margaret Flowers for Maryland, and Socialist Party USA presidential candidate Mimi Soltysik. The episodes are offline now and still in my possession. I was highly inexperienced, and there were quite a few technological glitches as well. Oddly, my entire system and internet connection would crash in a way they never have before several times and in all of these interviews. The most recent endeavor was an online magazine, Liberation Weekly. A social media friend and I compiled two editions before giving up on that as well. In February, I launched a web series, Liberate TV!
I've also been blessed with frequent travel opportunities. Before I turned 18, I had visited 19 countries, and by the time I die, I would like to have visited every country on the globe. An ambitious goal, but the world is so amazing, and the individual and unique cultures are so beautiful and rich that it's foolish, to me at least, to not want to interact with them and see more than just your hometown and the places in its vicinity. We live only so long. Let us make the absolute best of it.
Being true to myself and true to others is my best decision yet.
Here are some pictures of my childhood and my travels. Many places are missing, as I either did not have the sense to take pictures, the pictures are not of good quality, or they simply cannot be found.