Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Vasquez.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey starts way back as a child, from experiencing extreme bullying in elementary school and junior high school, to having alcoholic parents, where as a result of their choices I was on my way to becoming homeless. Needless to say, I grew up fast and at 18 my dad told me one evening after getting home from a late night out, that we were getting evicted and only had until high school graduation to stay there. He also let me know in that same devastating moment that I could come live with them in the car.
I was a C and D student, no money, no scholarship, what was I to do? So I joined the Army in 2000 and left for basic training seven days after graduation. Little did I know where I would end up. I ended up doing six years in the army and during that time, two tours in Iraq. I fought in the Iraq war in 2002-2003 and did my second tour in 2005-2006. As a result of what I experienced, I was eventually diagnosed with PTSD.
Life went on of course after the Military but I eventually experienced divorce, job loss, friends passing, mom dying of cancer, my dad having a stroke and ending up in a home, and a number of other events that made me feel like the world was out to get me, always feeling like I was a mistake, that I would never “win” or achieve happiness.
It wasn’t until I started on my current journey of chasing my dreams that it made me look back on my life in a completely opposite way. This is when I realized I had been looking at life in the wrong way and that I could become an influential person on others lives through my story, life, and journey. It took until I was about to give up and quit, re-start life all over, go bankrupt move in with family and just stop living life.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It really has not been a smooth road. The effects of my PTSD have been massive in my life. Dealing with those symptoms have really made life very difficult. Sadly I didn’t get diagnosed until very recently. I essentially went 15 years without realizing how badly I was actually affected by my experiences. Partly my ability to not keep a job, have poor relationships if any at all was all a result of how I was processing past events still today.
When it comes to finances and chasing dreams, it is extremely difficult. It takes a lot of risks to go after something you want. But this is part of the story I share and tell. I don’t want to come off as complaining but more so just explaining that this is a part of my process. I don’t mind being in the place I am at financially while it doesn’t make things easy being in deficit, I know that my work is going to pay off.
During these difficult times, I am also raising a family of now three. This doesn’t make the sacrifice of going chasing a dream any easier. Making sure my family is taken care of during the process is probably the most difficult about all of this.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us more about your work. What else should we know?
What I do is I tell the story of my past and my journey through social media. I am very real and honest with my audience. I discuss my past and current struggles. But I show people how I look at even the worst, and most difficult moments in my life with a positive perspective. As I go after my dreams, I also share the ups and downs of that journey as I experience it. Mostly I just want to show people what they are capable of, let people know that we all go through tough times and there is hope for anyone who seeks it. I encourage others to chase their dreams and not give up. I also try to empower people through positive words and thinking.
The most amazing thing is that in the short time I have been doing this the messages I get in return are quite motivating for me. I get daily messages thanking me for what I am doing and the messages that I am sharing and how it has helped them. I believe we need more people in the world, sharing their truths and reality. In a social environment where most people are focused on sharing the best moments of their life, I strive to share all aspects. I just truly want to help others.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I couldn’t have gotten where I am without my family. Without my partner and her support, I truly wouldn’t be where I am at. She has always believed in me and supported me. She has been on this journey with me through so much it’s crazy really what we have been through.
- Website: www.itsmescottyv.com
- Instagram: @itsmescottyv
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/show/5jL0IYDsUpbLQRGi0hJQc7