I had open heart surgery at the age of 2. My parents had noticed something wrong with my breathing and energy, and the doctors found that I was born with a birth defect and that my heart was backward. Luckily I have great parents who took me to even greater doctors and surgeons who were able to perform an LV-Transposition. Unfortunately, this cut off some of the communication between the chambers and I had to get a pacemaker inserted as my natural heartbeat was at around 50bpm and still is to this day. As we know, being musicians or just people, that’s pretty slow. Other than that I’ve had to overcome pneumonia at the age of 5-6, further damaging my respiratory system, an additional blood clot found in my heart that almost caused a second open heart surgery at around the same time, and have been since recovering and dealing with having a pacemaker and a heart condition which is an experience of its own! Aside from all the health problems, I as most people do, experienced a lot of drama, trauma, pain, confusion, betrayal, and the hardships of a growing and evolving family. My parents are still at each other’s throats to this day and that will probably never change. I’ve been heartbroken, beat up, chewed up, and spit out by many people, even lost friends and loved ones who I thought would never perish, at least not until I was older and more seasoned and had a better grip on things, but as you get older you realize that that grip is an illusion. And as we’ve heard it been said before, adults are just a bunch of kids having kids, and it is kinda scary. Nobody figures out anything in the end really, at least nothing altruistically good for us. The only thing we can do is our personal best for ourselves and each other every day, and every day we start again. I’m just another kid trying to figure it out… And figuring out that there really is no such thing as “figuring it out”. I’m looking forward to inspiring and pervading all the inspiration I have absorbed into the world and all the people who so need it. Remember, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – E. Burke. Love over fear. Forever.