Name: Larry E. | City/Town: Philadelphia | State/Province PA
SS: When did you have your #ATOEpiphany and what were the circumstances that preceded it?
Larry E.: Lost a true love, few allies and a place to stay in the midst of chasing the dream of being a successful music producer. Was technically homeless but not literally as a close friend was able to provide a room for 2 months. I had the ATO moment in the midst of transition, when I moved in to my new place to continue the pursuit; [that’s] when “Believe” was written.
SS: What did you find to be most challenging or painful about the situation or circumstance?
LE: Most painful about it was realizing it was my doing, ultimately. Certain inaction on my part gave room for certain actions by others to take place.
SS: What did it teach you about yourself?
LE: I shape my destiny.
SS: What did it teach you about life and people?
LE: Life comes down to people’s choices. And choices comes down to people’s philosophy. Adjust your way of thinking to adjust your destination. The set of your sail leads you as it rides the winds of life that happen.
SS: How did you get to the space where you could honestly say, “this happened…and that’s okay” without feeling any negative emotions (or at least significantly less)?
LE: When realizing it isn’t necessarily about letting it go, rather, letting it go through you. It’s not about getting over it, rather, getting through it. Rumi said it best, “Don’t runaway from grief, o soul. Look for the remedy inside the pain. Because the rose came from the thorn and the ruby came from a stone.”
SS: What words of wisdom would you pass along to someone else that is experiencing something similar?
LE: It must rain for the flower to grow. And a lotus grows thru mud the same way we must… so grow. Change. The sooner the better.
SS: Since having your #ATOEpiphany, how do you live your life differently now?
LE: By listening to my intuition more. Eating healthier, drinking [and] smoking less. And being more particular with who I share time and vibes with.
SS: In keeping with the idea that things don’t happen to us, rather for us: Why do you think that this may have happened for you?
LE: To be able to spiritually bench press a ton, for now I am prepared for what is to come.
SS: If you could sum up your ATO Epiphany in one sentence that ends with “and that’s okay”, what would it be?
“Some things are not meant to stay, but to change you; and that’s okay.”
Song credit: "Believe" is a part of an upcoming project Larry and Mariko are releasing soon as a duo. Mariko co-wrote the song. Photo credit: Kayleena-Marie