Poet, Author, Speaker and Creative Digital Maverick
Your pen name, Yung Pueblo, where does it come from and how did you decide on it?
The name came to me first and then over time, it developed a lot of meaning. I realized that a lot of the work that I wanted to put together, all this writing about self-awareness and about really knowing that healing is possible, I realized that it was critical for this leap forward that humanity was making. Especially during this century, because we’re really young but we have a lot of maturing to do. When it dawned on me that we’re all incredibly young, it felt right to put all of this work that I was doing under this name, Yung Pueblo. Because it’s not really about me, it’s about the journey that we’re all on.
You battled addiction and suffered from depression and anxiety. What helped you dig out from that?
One, it was the push from hitting rock bottom, honestly. When I hit the bottom, there was nowhere else to go. I almost lost my life by continuing on a path of really bad habits that were leading me to nowhere. One particular night when I felt like I almost lost my life, I knew that what brought me to that point was just lying to myself, all of this dishonesty. I never wanted to own up to the fact that I didn’t feel good. What really pulled me out of that was practicing a version of radical honesty where I focused on me and myself. Whenever I would feel bad, I just owned it and thought, “Okay, I don’t feel good. Now, let me sit with that and feel what that’s like,” and this is even before I started meditating. I think honesty really changed the game for me.