Hello, my name is Miguel Mata.
The small west Texas town of Big Spring where I grew up was a place mostly known for its hot and dry climate, constantly running oil pumps, and bad drinking water.
Big Spring life was very simple and very slow.
For as slow as things were, however, I managed to find a way to speed things up around the time I was sixteen years old.
Because that's when I got my girlfriend Vanessa pregnant and I became a father (technically).
Initially, I ran from my responsibility and Vanessa and I would go our separate ways. I would return to boyish follies, and she was left to raise our child with only the support of her parents.
As fate would have it, Vanessa and I would reconnect a couple of years later and we made an attempt to try and co-parent our daughter, Mayo.
But as time passed, we managed to rekindle our previous relationship and were married in December of 1996.
As a VERY young couple raising a small child AND expecting a second bundle of joy, at that point, it was apparent that steps needed to be taken to ensure we could sustain ourselves as an independent family unit.
So, I enlisted into the Air Force in 1997 and our adventure as a military family began.
Over the next 20 years, we explored the rest of the country and parts of the world making stops in Southern California, Okinawa, Japan, North Dakota, New Mexico, and South Carolina where we finally retired in 2017.
Including the previously mentioned "bundle of joy," we had three more children together, all boys, making our grand total of four beautiful kids together.
Shortly after retirement I enrolled into the College of Charleston at Charleston, South Carolina to try and complete a degree in Elementary Education with the intent of becoming a school teacher. Teaching has been a goal of mine since I was young and hopefully, in the next few years, I'll be able to see myself reaching that goal.
My passion for teaching parallels my reason for starting this project which is to make a positive impact on the people I encounter, and hopefully inspire positive change somewhere in the world.
I feel strongly, that if I can accomplish that goal, then the potential exists for it to make a greater impact in the "bigger picture."
To be at least one small light in seemingly all dark world.