Hey! My name is Caleb and I was born and raised in Perryton, Texas—a small farming community in the Panhandle of Texas. I spent most of my childhood growing up on a farm where I was either sweeping away rocks on my dirt driveway so I could play basketball, retrieving eggs from a hen house while simultaneously fighting off an evil rooster who was determined to peck my eyes out, or walking my pig in preparation for our local 4-H show.
No, seriously. I walked a pig.
Over the last few years of my life, I’ve come to realize that I love to tell stories and connect with people, and writing is just one of the many ways to make that happen.
After people get to know me, they generally think that I want to tell the story about my time at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Or, how I fulfilled a childhood dream of playing in the National Football League when I was selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, only to have the Department of Defense derail the dream on signing day by ordering me back to Active Duty immediately.
But, that’s not the story I want to tell.
Then people hear about the little time I spent with the United States Bobsledding team (yes, just like Cool Runnings) and think that I want to tell that story.
While I valued being around such incredible and gifted athletes, that’s most certainly not the story that I want to tell.
You see, three years ago I walked away from the NFL, my childhood dream, because I knew something was gravely wrong. If something didn’t change, and change fast, it was only a matter of time before I was another statistic on the evening news.
I was well aware that merely changing my surroundings wasn’t an adequate solution to the deep seated internal void dictating my life. I was well aware that loneliness wasn’t cured by another person. I was well aware that good enough was never actually going to be good enough.
Something had to change.
I ended up moving halfway across the country so that I could begin the process of discovering, for the first time in my life, who I was made to be. Dealing with the inner turmoil, once and for all, that had haunted me for over a decade.
Now, more than ever before, I’ve found the life that I’ve always dreamed about and I’ll never be the same again.
This is the story that I want to tell.
There are so many things that I want to say, but it would be easier if I could send you an email periodically. I promise I won’t spam or overwhelm you.
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