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Live Life Based on What You Can Give

As a young man, Christopher ate, drank, and slept football. He excelled in the sport, was being recruited by top universities, went to several combines, and dreamed of turning pro. His family was invested in his football career, too. Then he was injured, and the dream died. It was traumatic.

So, Christopher joined the Army thinking the military could give him direction, and it did. “The miliary taught me I am capable of more than I thought I was,” he said. “It helped align my ideals, goals, and values and gave me structure.”

After two deployments, Christopher enrolled in Grambling State University where he discovered his creative side. “I learned how to write poetry and music, play piano, drums and guitar,” he said. “I found a positive outlet in songwriting and self-expression. Music is the most influential thing in this world,” he said, “and is something people connect with.”

Through music, Christopher is able to help others. “The biggest thing I’ve learned through the disappointments and struggles in my life is that I can be of use to others because of what I’ve been through,” he said.

“A lot of people have troubles but don’t’ feel they have anyone to help them cope or navigate their own emotions,” he said. “I want to be the one to help others and perhaps provide a moment of clarity for them. My passion and purpose is to live life based on what I can give.”