Get to know Evelio:
What book changed the way you see and understand the world?
“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson. It was one of the most challenging books I’ve had to read due to it forcing me to take a long look in the mirror and reflect on my past experiences. When we chase positive experiences, sometimes all we end up with are negative experiences along the way. Paradoxically, accepting and reflecting on your past negative experiences can result in a positive experience. This book led me on a cross-country journey from San Diego to Miami, where I was able to bury the proverbial hatchet and move beyond previous experiences. Another lesson was when it comes to friends, I’d rather be surrounded by four quarters than 100 pennies.
What quote speaks to you the most?
“Honest conflict has more social value than dishonest harmony.” I’ve been lucky to connect with so many people from all walks of life. I love learning about cultures that are different than my own; however, there have been times when I haven’t necessarily seen things from others’ perspectives. Through honest and respectful dialogue, not only have I begun to understand and respect others’ perspectives, but they have also done the same for me. I’d rather speak up to find out what the real issues are than pretend that things are perfect, when in fact, they aren’t.
Describe one of the most meaningful experiences of your life:
Holding my son Austin for the first time. Due to complications during the delivery, we knew he would be headed directly to the NICU. Leaving my wife in the delivery room was hard enough, and we were soon escorted to the NICU. I stood by him patiently while I waited for anyone to let me know when I could hold him. Hearing his cries with so many tubes coming in and out of him was heartbreaking to see as a father, and I NEEDED to hold him. I wanted him to hear only my voice so I could tell him things would be ok. A few moments later, a nurse motioned to me that it was time. I gently held my beautiful boy in my arms, and his crying instantly stopped. For a split second, Austin Tucker opened his eyes, looked at me, and we sat staring at each other for what seemed like an eternity. At that moment, I have never felt so much unconditional love for someone in my life.