Beautifully Human / Aaron Reyonalds

As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...

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We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…

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Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread some love and humanity...

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To show a common thread of beautiful humans…

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This week we go to Ashland, Ohio with Aaron Reyonalds to hear his incredible story...

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I have known Aaron quite a long time. His spirit for life has always been apparent to me.

One great moment of our time hanging out was when I told him to jump in this bush, at the university that we used to run around and do stupid shit at, and told him that it would for sure catch him. It sure as hell did not catch him and I knew it wouldn't. All he did was get up and laugh.

Aaron was there for me in my darkest times as well. To talk to me about his journey. It was so incredible to get his perspective on life.

Aaron is such an incredibly beautiful human. I am truly fortunate to call him a friend.

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Let’s all be beautifully human…

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Tell me a story that shaped your life…


-A story that shaped my life would have to be my addiction to opioids. It completely wrecked me and almost killed me. I'm incredibly glad I went through it all though because it opened my eyes and humbled me as a human. I learned a lot about people and a lot about myself and my life has been radically changed since then in the greatest way possible.

Tell me a story that almost ruined your life… 


- Oddly enough this would also have to be the opioid addiction. I could have given in to all the suicidal thoughts when I was upset that I even woke up. Thankfully, God pulled me through and gave me the strength to realize all the good things I had in my life.

Tell me a story that enriched your life…


- Hands down it’s all the love and support I got from the people around me when I finally admitted I had an issue. My wife did everything in her power to love me when she didn’t need to and so many friends stepped up and helped me through so many hard times and now it’s time to pay it forward.

Tell me a story that enriched another life…


- Being able to tell my story and letting others know that you absolutely can make it through this addiction or whatever you’re struggling with. They aren’t alone and people love them!

Tell me a story of crazy life… 


- Crazy life is just every day at the Reynolds house. 4 kids to keep us busy and crazy and full of love and joy all at the same time. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Tell me a story of hope… 


- For me in my life, hope was being at the bottom of this addiction and thinking there was no way out and I was a worthless human. My wife and kids didn’t deserve such a worthless person in their life.

I stopped believing the lies and started believing the truths that God was revealing to me and that’s when I really started to turn things around.

Tell me a story of life…


- A story of life for me is now. I’m able to wake up and be thankful to be here. I’m able to have an open mind and think for myself and understand people can believe and think differently than me and that’s perfectly fine and I’ll love them anyway.

What would you want the world to know about you… 


- I want the world to know that I’m a firm believer in God and that doesn’t mean I’m a judgmental person telling everyone they’re going to hell. Quite the opposite. I love everyone and I try to treat everyone with love and respect.

I have been to places in my life where I wasn’t sure I would recover from and I’ll never forget how that felt and I’ll always keep in mind others are at that place now. I understand the stigma with Christians and I’m trying hard to change that with the way I treat other and being able to think for myself. We aren’t all judgmental hypocrites and I’m trying to show that by being open and real.


What did / do you miss most during covid 19…


- Really nothing, I’ve been training my whole life for the shutdown lol. I’m a huge home body so not having to go somewhere was a dream come true. I do miss the slow time though; I miss that we didn’t have sports and we could just be a family and not be running all the time.

What brings you the most joy / smile the most... 


- My family, I was lucky enough to marry my best friend and high school sweetheart and she has loved me through some things most people would leave their spouse over. Being able to do life with her and our 4 amazing kids makes me smile every day. We have so many personalities in our house that there truly is never a dull moment. I’m smiling as I write this so this must be the right answer lol.

If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere, where would you go…


- I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska and Australia. I would absolutely love to see the Northern Lights so like all of those places lol. Alaska, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway.. any of those

What brought you to where you are at in life today…


- Perseverance and the ability to overcome. Having the will to change and to want to do and be better for the people I love in my life and myself was a big driving force for where I am today.

What is your most prized possession…


- I’m not much of a material person so this is a hard one. My overcome tattoo and my lion tattoo that has recovery is beautiful under it could possible be it. I know it’s not really a possession, but they have more meaning than any physical thing.

Traveling is my life, and has also saved my life. It shows the beauty of other cultures. tell me a story of your favorite travel moment… 


- I don’t travel much because I’m a wiener, but we do go on family vacations and every year some one pukes in the hills of West Virginia so that’s always awesome.

Tell me a story of struggle… 


- The struggle of finding out who I was off drugs was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. I had to learn how to deal with emotions without using. I had to learn who I was again and find other coping mechanisms.

I remember feeling anxious for the first time and not using and it was terrifying to have to actually deal with all these emotions. I hated it and I hated that I put myself in this position to go through this stuff.

In another life, what are you doing… 


- In another life I would have to be a musician or a singer. I love the drums and music has impacted my life in so many ways. I also would love to be a speaker of some sort.

What is your greatest accomplishment… 


- Hand down it’s getting clean and being able to provide for my family again.

What is your biggest fear… 


- My biggest fear is dying and relapsing. The thought of not being able to wake up and see my family scares me so much and obviously relapsing because of what could happen physically, but the mental aspect would be awful as well.

What is your biggest regret…


- My biggest regret is how I acted before I had this life changing experience with addiction. I’m sad about the way I treated people and just being an arrogant moron. I’m glad I’m different but it’s certainly cringy to think about.

What do you do for work… and why…


- I’m in the IT field. I work there because I need money lol. I would love to do some speaking events or something with helping people with addictions.

What was your first tattoo...


- My first tattoo was a cross with Proverbs 27:17. It says “ as iron sharpens iron, men sharpen one another” still one of my favorite verses.

If you had the ear of everyone in the world, what would you say to them... 


- I would just tell everyone we need to stop trying to convince everyone that they’re wrong and try to get them to see the world the way we do and just love them. We need to be ok with people not seeing things the way we do and show them love. Be friendly no matter what. It doesn’t matter if they believe different than you or vote different than you or whatever the case may be.

We all just need to love one another and show compassion to people. This world spends so much time fighting about irrelevant things that they’ve all forgotten how to genuinely love other no matter what.

Also, to be a free thinker. Don’t let the news or social media or other people make decisions for you. Think for yourself and you’ll be one of few that’s for sure. Much love to everyone!!!




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