Hey y’all. My name is Mat. 3 years ago, I began my solo journey into the world. Moved away from friends, family, and everything I knew in pursuit of my career. COVID brought a lot of challenges, both to my physical well being and mental health. During covid, I was in a very toxic and manipulative relationship. I don’t hear very often about men being victims in these types of relationships, but I often felt myself being isolated from my friends and family. After a year I was single again and, on a journey, to reimagine the person I lost, myself.
I spent time in the gym, with friends, and reading books to help unlearn the toxic behaviors I had developed during the relationship. My goal: to become my best self. There were days where I didn’t want to leave my house, room, or bed. During those days consistency and discipline are what pushed me through to continue my journey.
As I began becoming more comfortable in who I was, I began reaching back out to the friends I had lost and began making amends. Through that communication I reconnected with Jake, who was instrumental in getting me back to the fun-loving dude I used to be.
Today I am stronger than I ever was thanks to my amazing group of friends. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. I look forward to the future, and am excited for the memories we will make along the way.