On April 2023, we had the privilege of conducting a live stream interview with an anonymous individual who shared their experiences of overcoming life's hurdles. This interview forms part of our "Interviews with the Anonymous" series, where we delve into the personal journeys of real people who have triumphed over adversity. Let's explore the inspiring insights from Anonymous highlighting their determination, resilience, and the strategies they employed to navigate through difficult times.
What do you do?
"I'm actually pretty much right now what I do, I'm a dad from Monday through Friday and then in my other free time I spend the weekends go around saving American flags so I take old ones down and replace them with new ones and then I help other veterans or homeless people just kind of in passing. Right now I'm helping two veterans file for their claims, on Sundays they come here to my house and we get them all set up and help them learn how to file for their own benefits but yeah that's kind of pretty much it"
Can you tell us a little bit about a time in your life when you struggled mentally, if ever?
"I would honestly say almost every single day since I could remember but with that said I also I'm thankful for all those days in the past that I thought were challenging because they I took them as lessons and I tried to use them as opportunities to grow so like recently like I went through a divorce and I had to live in my van for almost a year and three months while also being in a wheelchair and that was super mentally defeating but again like I said it hardened me and made me a little stronger so I can definitely see how that would be a mentally challenging situation for anyone to go through."
How did you wake up during that time and get yourself out of bed?
"Well typically I'd wait for the air mattress to start leaking um no I'm just kidding. Nowadays when I get out of bed, you know I have the two kids and I have two really cool dogs that I learned that I do better when I'm maybe not say so much serving others but I get a lot of Joy from helping others and I think I kind of learned to use that as a like a fuel source and not so much as a crutch."
What is not helpful for your daily motivation?
"Honestly, the biggest I would say defeating factors are unexpected track like tragedies or unexpected hardships those are the things that really are the where I I find myself struggling the most when it comes to that. Because for instance like yesterday my car wouldn't start not like it was like dead or just was like trying to start and I was so nervous I was gonna have to come out of pocket for a 200-dollar battery but you know I teach my kids you know good attitudes bring good things so if you know we got to the auto parts store and thank God it was under warranty and so I didn't actually have to pay for a battery it was they quite replaced it completely free so it's just stuff like that I find myself really facing an uphill battle but never, never too much"
In parting, the Anonymous expressed appreciation for the opportunity to share their story. They commended our efforts and expressed a desire to return for future interviews, promising to be more on point. Their words reflect their resilient spirit, encapsulating the unwavering determination that has propelled them forward on their journey of triumph over adversity.
This interview with our anonymous guest has shed light on the immense challenges they have faced throughout their life. Their unwavering determination, commitment to serving others, and ability to find motivation even in the darkest of times serve as an inspiration to us all. Their story reminds us that within each struggle lies an opportunity for growth, and by embracing resilience, we can overcome even the most daunting obstacles that life throws our way.