About Andrew O'Brien
The Back Story
Andrew was raised by a mother who’s career was prostitution and stripping. Throughout his childhood him and his two siblings would move from apartments, trailers, motels and houses every year or two. Andrew witness a lot of traumatic sexual acts and adultery as a child that left him with a deep anger and hatred towards women… until he was able to forgive.
To escape his childhood and his surroundings, Andrew decided to join the Army after dropping out of High School. He served from 2007 to 2011. He deployed to Iraq from 2008-2009, where he served the majority of his time as a lead gunner for all convoys. He often says this was the happiest he’d ever been because he felt purpose.
A year after returning home from Iraq, Andrew attempted to take his own life by swallowing over 120 pills in less than two minutes. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t just the military experience… the largest contributing factor to the suicide was issues from his childhood. He woke up two days later in the ICU with a new found appreciation for this gift called “life”.
October of 2011 Andrew’s mother made a decision that would change his life. She became a famous murderer after killing her husband while he was sleeping. She had asked him to help frame her husbands ex-wife for the murder. October of 2014 Andrew testified against her in court where she was found guilty for murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Murder Story In The News
Path To Redemption
Andrew recently embarked on his own “Path to Redemption” on June 26th of 2019. 7 AM Wednesday morning he started from Zilker Park in Austin, Tx and walked over 80 miles over 4 days to go visit his mother in prison in Gatesville, Tx. He went on this journey to finally be able to forgive his mother for everything from childhood and into his adult life. Realizing that her memory had held him back long enough and ready to become a better and happier man, he was excited and nervous about forgiving her face to face. On June 30, 2019 he sat down with his mother and was able to forgive her. During this trip he brought a film crew with him to make a documentary out of the journey in hopes that his journey would inspire others to go on their own.
Turning a Negative into a Positive
ANDREW HAS BEEN TRAVELING THE WORLD SINCE 2013 SHARING HIS STORY TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THE WORLD
Since 2013, Andrew has traveled all over the world sharing his story. Everywhere from college campuses, military bases and even making it to the White House. He not only experienced a lot of trauma, but was able to actually overcome it all and create a better life. He wanted to share his story with the world so it would give them not only hope that things will get better, but also the motivation to take action and make things better for themselves.
To date, Andrew has spoken to well over 200,000 people around the world. He’s received over 20 awards and 50 coins for his hard work. One award being from the House of Representatives. His story has not only given hope to those that have heard it, but it has been responsible for hundreds of people deciding not to take their own life.
He has also been featured on over 100 global media outlets around the world, not only for the story of his mother… the majority of this exposure was because of his hard work and dedication to helping both veterans and civilians around the world overcome their past. Media outlets include ones such as USA Today, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS and many others.
This Crazy Journey
This Crazy Journey was created to both document his own journey of forgiveness and finding happiness, but to also help others to forgive their past and move forward to a brighter future. Andrew gives advice to others around the world who are having a hard time learning to forgive. He does this through his podcast, private online communities and live events he either hosts or speaks at.
This Crazy Journey was not created to be a reality TV show for those that like to watch drama. It was created to help guide those still living with the pain of their past to finally relieve that pain and created a better life for themself. He invites the world to join him in this redemption of your own soul.
Have you forgiven everyone in your life, including yourself?