No, not that TMZ. I’m the other one.
I may not be as fascinating as those guys camping outside Lindsay Lohan’s dad’s former girlfriend’s house, but let me introduce myself nonetheless.
I’m a twenty-something writer, struggler, and wanderer named Thomas Mark Zuniga — or “TMZ,” if you will.
Or if you won’t, “Tom” works too; that’s what most people call me anyway.
I grew up outside Philadelphia with a phenomenal family and faith. Life and Jesus seemed perfect until I moved to Georgia at 12.
That’s when I first learned life and Jesus were kinda messy.
Throughout middle school, high school, and even college, I endured bullying and isolation. Even after graduating from the University of Georgia, I often despaired over where my life was going. A year removed from academia, I gambled on a life-altering cross-country move to southern California despite never having trod anywhere west of the Mississippi.
My four years on the west coast have changed my life. I’ve climbed out of introverted isolation and fully embraced passions for writing and youth involvement.
I’m certain it won’t be my last.
I recently finished a nine-month cross-continent road trip. I called it #RunningTo, and it was the journey of a lifetime. For the moment I now call Charlotte, North Carolina home.
It’s lonely but lovely out there; won’t you wander with me?