I met Titus when I was a life-coach at Ivy Tech Community College. Titus had this vibrancy and determination about him. He oozed with positivity and had unbridled eagerness. When he shared his story with me, I was moved. Titus recalled being the “peacekeeper,” even in the broken and hopeless moments of his life. His story from drugs to mentoring kids is legendary. Today, his impact on the lives of many is cultivating peace in our community.
All I did as a child was go to church. I was raised in a very Christian home. As I got older, I hung with my friends—some gang members—and smoked weed. When I got to middle school and high school, there was even more pressure. In high school, I was an average student and mostly got C’s. I started learning the game of crack and how to make it. People around me were getting killed or ending up in prison. At age sixteen, I remember someone pulling out in front of me. It was real dark outside and some guys got out of the car. I saw a silver pistol and they shot my car. I jumped out of my car and the guys ran after me. I lost my car but not my life. I eventually worked in a factory as a shipping manager for five years. I wanted to “live” and do things differently.
After I got laid off from my job, I had no idea what my purpose was in life. I eventually went to Ivy Tech and during my second class, I met a woman who helped me reach my potential. She believed in me, when I didn’t believe in myself. I finally got an A in college. I eventually worked as a Youth Counselor and coached a softball team. I try to give back to kids as much as possible because they are our future. I currently work, just graduated college, and am a full-time dad. It is all about how bad you want it. No one is going to give me my success; I have to go get it. It is never too late—you write your own destiny. I chose to finally stop being a victim. The world can be very ugly but you can make it very beautiful.
Titus continues to thrive every day!
Interviewer and editor: Monica Murphy
Story by: Titus Jones