Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, I have experienced a lot in my days. Growing up was very hard for me because I always felt that I didn’t belong. I always felt that there was more to life than what I was living and as I got older, I found myself lost and not having a direction to where I needed to be. As a young adult, I had several jobs ranging from doing retail at a shoe store, bussing tables at a restaurant, and rolling around a skating rink as a dancing dinosaur. When I got older, that calling that kept screaming in my ear led me to make bad decisions that went against my morals, and knew that if something didn’t change, I would end up in prison or worse, dead. I made a decision and joined the Army. After deploying to Iraq as the top gunner and Afghanistan as a tactical explosive detection dog handler, I got out and still couldn’t seem to answer my calling or find my purpose.
My thrill-seeking mentality pulled me to dangerous activities such as swimming with sharks, jumping out of planes, and hiking mountains and eventually became incorporated into my jobs such as private protection work, security, private investigating, and tower technician work. After an accident that almost killed me, I did not have a choice but to slow down and re-evaluate myself, my life, my actions, and my perspective of everything around me. That’s when I found it. My calling is to help people. With my many experiences, both good and bad, I have an understanding of what it means to live and I am here to show the world that there is so much more to life than what we have been brainwashed to believe. My name is Adam Rivera and I am here to help. I am here to guide. I am here to coach and I am here to let you know, that you are not alone. My page is a dissection of all that I have been through and gives you a glimpse of what these eyes have seen.