Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I’ve been a supporter of To Write Love On Her Arms for 7 years. They are trying to get the word out about today and let everyone know that they are important and loved. Just know that if you are reading this you cannot be replaced.
There is only one you and that is unique and special. Listen to the words of this song and know that you are loved and worthy.
By playing on a normal set of street signals, this cheerful video teaches us to find joy in the most normal of circumstances and to have fun in everyday life. We don’t have to always settle for monotony in our routine. Like the video asks: why walk, when we can dance?
I love this!
I don’t listen to the radio much anymore but I heard this song a few months ago and it struck a chord within me and I know that someone out there needs to here it also.
Your story is incredibly significant. No matter where you’ve come from or where you go, you will always matter.
“Don’t Give Up”
“Don’t give up. It’s just the weight of the world. When your heart’s heavy, I will lift it for you.”
I first heard this song on a church retreat a few years ago, and to this day, it still gives me chills. The amount of truth in this song, then and now, is staggering to me.
There have been so many times in my life when I haven’t believed that I was loved or that people hear me and want to walk with me through life. I thought those were lies. If I had been given the chance to talk to Josh Groban as he wrote this song, I would have said, “You’re wrong! No one’s going to lift this weight for me. No one’s going to help me. I might as well give up.”
Well, as it turns out, I was the one who was wrong.
“Everybody wants to be understood. Well, I can hear you.”
When I first heard this song, I interpreted it as God speaking to me, telling me that He hears me and will guide me. It was a powerful moment for me. My faith was struggling, and I couldn’t bring myself to believe that I was lovable, much less that God loved me. But in the moments, months, and years that followed, I found the truth in that song. I didn’t give up on my faith; I started to rebuild it.
“When darkness blinds you, I will shine to guide you.”
I also had some rebuilding to do in my everyday life—and it would mean allowing others to help me. There were so many people who loved me, but I honestly couldn’t always see it. I assumed if I showed my true self—if others knew about my struggles with depression, self-injury, and suicide—they wouldn’t want anything to do with me. I thought I’d scare them off, or they’d think I was a freak.
But again, I was wrong.
When I started to tell people about my struggles, they were wonderfully supportive. Not everyone knew how to respond, and not everyone knew exactly how to support me. But I could tell they loved me and wanted me to get better. Sometimes it was as simple as telling someone, “Hey, I’m having a rough time right now. Can we hang out, maybe get some coffee?” They were always happy to walk with me through those times. My friends and my family brought that light into my darkness. I have no reason to give up, because I am surrounded by hope radiating from those who care about me.
“Don’t give up, because you are loved.”
Just like TWLOHA’s Fears vs. Dreams campaign illustrates, we all have a greatest fear, as well as a greatest dream. That dream is what drives us. No matter what we struggle with, no matter what we fear, we all “want to burn bright.” And we all have the ability to do so.
Please don’t give up on yourself or your dreams, no matter how heavy the world may feel sometimes. Remember that there are others who want to help carry that weight—and that you are loved.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” —John Hughes
Friends of Type paid homage to John Hughes by illustrating the last line of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as “a reminder to those who are too busy to stop and enjoy life.”
In the days after Thanksgiving, i traded emails with my friend David McKenna. He shared that 2012 had been the hardest year of his life. i told him i was sorry for the weight of those words, and we agreed to try to spend some time together soon. Tragically, David was killed in a car accident two weeks ago. In the hours following his death, i learned something that has stayed with me. i learned that David’s final days were hopeful. He was excited about 2013. For some reason, David believed that the year ahead could be different than the one behind. He believed that things could be new. This blog is dedicated to the curious hope that lived inside my friend.
i wrote the words below one year ago, wrestling with New Year’s. While i’m proud of what i wrote, it was the words that came in response that meant the most. This blog asks questions and it was amazing to see people answer the questions. Especially on twitter, people from around the world shared their thoughts and feelings for the new year, what they wanted to leave behind and what they wanted to find. It was a blog that grew into something more and i’m posting it here and now in hopes that you might join the conversation.
The ball drops and fireworks. Resolutions are made.
People scream and people kiss and is it possible to change?
Is it really truly possible to leave the past behind?
Welcome to Midnight.
Another year comes to a close. Another year begins.
With a moment in between.
Why the fuss?
Why the fame and fireworks?
Is it more than hype? More than something else to sell us?
Is there something to this holiday? Something true inside it?
Because isn’t there something inside us that aches for change…
Dreams it to be possible…
To let go.
To hold on.
To leave it behind.
To start again.
To be new.
Is it possible?
If you’re reading this, if there’s air in your lungs, then you’re alive today tonight right now.
And who can know how long we have here…
And is it a gift? Was it ever a gift? Did that ever feel true or could that one day feel true?
Are there things to fight to live for?
Moments and people… Weddings and children and all your different dreams…
Is your life more than just your own?
And are there broken things you were made to fight to fix?
Broken families, broken friends… Injustice.
Will you move for things that matter?
Wouldn’t it be nice if change took just a moment?
Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy?
Midnight and we’re new. Midnight and the past erased. Midnight and we’re free.
It seems to come slow. It seems to be a surgery.
Forgiveness. Healing. Sobriety. Letting go. Starting over.
It seems to happen slowly over time.
One day at a time, the choice made new each morning.
Will you fight?
Will you fight to be healthy?
Will you fight to be free?
Will you fight for your story?
Will you fight to get the help you need?
Change takes more than a moment, but maybe there’s also something to this celebration of a moment, something to the way it speaks to us, something to the way we fear it, and dream it to be true. Maybe it’s the most honest moment of the year.
It’s possible to change.
Welcome to Midnight.
Here’s to the possibilities.
Peace to You.
PS: Join the conversation at #welcometomidnight on Twitter.
Top Ten of 2012
Here is my list of my favorite albums of 2012
1. The Classic Crime - Phoenix
2. The Fray - Scars and Stories
3. Green River Ordinance - Under Fire
4. Paper Route - The Peace of Wild Things
5. Linkin Park - Living Things
6. Kutless - Believer
7. Scars on 45 - Scars on 45
8. Future of Forestry - Young Man Follow
9. Starfield - The Kingdom
10. Yellowcard - Southern Air
There was so much good music that was released this past year. It was hard to pick the ones I did because some really great albums got left out. I picked the ones on the list because they all struck a chord with me the most.
Here are some other bands that made 2012 a great year for music.
Tenth Avenue North
The Rocket Summer
A Silent Film
Thousand Foot Krutch
House of Heroes
“Tell them to look up. Tell them to remember the stars. The stars are always there but we miss them in the dirt and clouds. We miss them in the storms. Tell them to remember hope. We have hope.” -Renee Yohe
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