My guest today is Erik Andersson from Los Angeles, CA . Erik breaks every mold. He doesn't fit any stereotype you think he should. He's a muscular, athletic guy who has the most sensitive, empathetic heart you can imagine. He identifies as Hispanic but has white skin and strawberry blond hair. As you'll learn from our conversation, his racial ambiguity led to a lot of his insecurities. He speaks highly of his loving parents and his wonderful, supportive family, yet those close bonds weren't enough to keep him out of prison. He was the kid that was relentlessly bullied who grew up to be a violent, angry person. He's the perfect example of when you meet people, you really have no idea who they are and what they've been through until you listen to their story. I've heard it said that when we judge others, we're wrong 90% of the time. That seems about right to me. Erik is thankful for the journey his life has taken and although painful, knows that this was the exact path he needed to become the whole person he is today. He is genuinely free...physically, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically. He let all of it go and now lives a full, free life that is all about helping and encouraging others.
Erik's Favorite Quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world." Gandhi
California Justice Leaders - Impact Justice Americorp - The Organization Erik works with
What is Gramercy?
Stories from those who live and work on the margins of society.