Updated: Sep 7
Who am I and why am I just now getting started?
Hello World. My name is Jonathan Ellis. I am a 35 year old soul hurtling through the adventure called life. I have laughed, I have cried. I have overcome many, many challenges and struggles which has left me with what some may consider an odd viewpoint on things. That's fine with me, as I understand the congruence of realities that we all must face. At the core of it all, I am an entrepreneur at heart. I have been developing and running through ideas for inventions for as far back as I can remember. My first passion was in aerospace. When I was a kid, I had dreams of designing spacecraft that would take us to distant worlds, where we would move into a new realm of possibility. Enter high school, where math got real. Not being one to mix numbers and letters to solve an equation, reality caught up to me that math was not my strong suit.
On September 11, 2001, I was a senior in high school. I was actually sitting in math class when the Twin Towers were struck. I still remember to this day, that not only the United States, but the world became a different place. Football practice was canceled(I was on the team but the runt of the group) and being so close to the Eastern seaboard, many of my peers had been affected. Although I lived in Southeastern Virginia, New York had a strong presence in my particular area.
On to graduation, where I squeaked by with little preparation for what my future would be. My main priorities at the time were getting a girlfriend, and getting into a school that would hopefully direct me where I needed to go. In the fall of 2002, I enrolled in West Virginia University, where I majored in history for a little over a semester. To this day, the Mountaineers are my all time favorite sports team. During my short stay in Morgantown, I experienced what it was like to live life away from home, make friends, and be exposed to others of different backgrounds. My reasons for choosing WVU was simple: at the time they were the #2 party school in the country, and they offered me the most financial aid.
During the summer break between graduating high school and freshman year, I did indeed find a girlfriend. (It's funny, I had a dream about her last night, go figure.) She remained home, while I ventured away to another state. To make a long, insignificant story short, things ended up breaking down between us after I transferred back home to be closer to her.
Now at a school that I didn't particularly care for, and missing my friends 8 hours away, I decided it was time to transfer again. This time away from home, yet still close enough to get home on the weekends.
Sometime in 2004, I found myself sitting in classrooms, listening to lecture after lecture about God only knows what, while two wars were going on. It was also during this period that I found out my closest friend at WVU had been killed in a car accident. So much for my hopes of transferring back to the place I had grown to love.
Heartbroken from the loss of my friend, and about to break up with my girlfriend, it dawned on me that I didn't want to die a meaningless death. Meaning, if I had to die, I wanted it to be for something important, not from an accident.
Being the history buff that I was, and perhaps watching too much news, In 2005 I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, determined that if I had to die, it would be for something much greater than myself. Well, I think that's enough of an introduction for now, hopefully you'll stay tuned and we can all journey through the adventure called life together, as one. Oh, and don't forget to leave a comment!