The Depressed Poet and founder of Outlaws for Christ on how discovering his Irish ancestry through a DNA test meant the world to him.
Doc Dalton was once described as America’s Favorite Outlaw, seems like a character out of the Wild West. His poetry, motivational speeches, and pro-wrestling career made him famous. Lately, he has turned to God and founded his organization “Outlaws for Christ.”
He is known as a free spirit who has a myriad of fans, but he is also known as the “Depressed Poet” and has regularly opened up about depression and bi-polar personality. Dalton has won widespread acclaim for his honesty and openness and helping people with similar issues in communities that don’t easily open up.
In a recent interview, Dalton said “When you take all the things that have happened over the years and put them together, you say to yourself ‘enough is enough, I am tired of all this and I have two choices left. They are: I could jump off a bridge and end it all now, or I can change my life totally around and make that life and what I do with it for the better.’ And that is what I have decided to do.”
Lately as described in his own words, Dalton made another intriguing discovery about himself - his Irish roots.
Here he is in his own words as sent to IrishCentral:
"I knew my entire life I was adopted and was always curious, but for some reason never moved forward to find out.
I was brought up by wonderful people who were Polish, Hungarian, and German.
As years went by I felt I was Polish or Hungarian and that did come up in my DNA results but not a lot. Because of this, I found out information about my biological mother’s side which surprised me greatly.
I have suffered greatly from depression and it has taken a toll on my life. It has hindered me in countless ways. My biological mother tried to commit suicide. My sister who passed last year also tried to commit suicide. I have three nephews whom I have never met but communicate with and two out of the three tried to commit suicide. I myself have tried, but never will again.
It became important to me to find out who I was and where I came from and I wanted some medical answers as well for my daughter and granddaughter.
When I did the DNA test, never in a million years did I expect to find out I was Irish, but to find out Irish was my top number. was wonderful and I had a new outlook on life and I was glad and 100% proud. I wanted to yell to the world that I was Irish, but didn't know who to yell to or where to yell from
It's so crazy because my wife and I go to this little community in Pennsylvania a lot. They have a store called, The Celtic Rose.
Every time I go in there I tear up because of the beautiful things they have and they have so much and I realize how much I have missed.
I guess in a crazy way I just wanted to let the people of Ireland know how proud I am to be Irish. I guess better late than never.
So now I am The Depressed Poet and I am depressed about a lot of things, but not about being Irish.