This past Thursday, I got to experience one of the best days of my life. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge Jessie J fan, and I got to see her in concert. Though the wait outside was long and cold, my brother, sister, and I stuck through it together. To top it all off, we were in the very front and watched her perform an amazing show. Halfway through her show, after giving us a pitch-perfect performance of Burnin’ Up, her recent single with 2 Chains, Jessie explained that she made herself a promise to never lip sync to her music, no matter how high the notes in her songs were. She then immediately made a joke about re-thinking that, but ended by saying her fans truly inspire her to keep pushing on and sing these big songs. This stuck out to me because quite the opposite was true as well, which she later acknowledged. She stated that her fans always tell her how much she has inspired them, and that we needed to know the respect was mutual. After a very high-energy, emotional, two-hour concert, she ended with her most popular song, Bang Bang, and left by saying, “Thank you, I love you all!”
Throughout this whole week, I’ve been thinking about how blessed I really am. To be free of the financial burden that is paying for college, working towards what I’m passionate about, and having incredible friends and family is honestly having it all, and I couldn’t be more thankful. After the Jessie J concert, I realized that I have a lot of people to thank for the situation I am in today. These people, whether they have inspired me to be better or have been an important support system, never looked at me like some crazy guy on YouTube or as a boy whose dreams were unrealistic. Some of these people have been with me since middle school, and others have recently become a part of my life. Through their actions, they have influenced my life for the better, and I’m eternally grateful for that.
I wish I could name them all, but I think that would be almost impossible. If you’ve ever been a mentor, a friend, or an ear to listen this post is for you. Thank you for reminding me that life is short and to be enjoying every minute of it. Thank you for showing me how strong and independent a person can be. Thank you for helping me loosen up and stop being such a stick-in-the-mud. Thank you for telling me not only intellect determines how smart you can be. Thank you for taking me out of my comfort zone and pushing me to my limits. Thank you for enlightening me with your words of wisdom. Thank you all for being yourselves because that has shown me how to be myself. Thank you, I love you all.