bannaytp said: What do you call a dead rat? Rat Chết.
Around this time last year, OneRepublic came to my hometown’s music festival and there were VIP meet and greet tickets available for them but thanks to technology, my purchase of those meet and greet passes never went through.
I really want to meet them so badly.
While I don’t normally post any personal stuff anymore, this time of year makes me feel incredibly nostalgic because of OneRepublic.
As a teenager back in early middle school to high school, I suffered severe depression and from this perspective, it’s not something I would ever wish on anyone, even my worst enemy. I was in such a bad place with deleterious thoughts in my head 24/7 and I truly believed I wouldn’t live to see my 21st birthday and God would end up being someone tangible at the time.
I did deal with therapists and prescriptions but the one thing that helped me so much during that drowsy time was listening to music. I was never into the emo/scene music phase…probably because I felt like it would’ve accelerated my actions at that time but I digress. At around 14, I caught a snippet of OneRepublic’s Dreaming Out Loud album with the first song, aptly titled, “Mercy”.
There was just something about Ryan Tedder’s vocals that made me feel revived and soulful. Perhaps, it was the uplifting lyrics or the increasingly steady tempo, but it is that song that made me dive into the world of Ryan Tedder and OneRepublic.
Now, the song, “Apologise” was also playing on the radio and since it was by my newly favourited band, I became obsessed with it.
Now, 3 albums and 7 years later, I am 21 years old, graduating this year from college with promising plans for the future. I’ve helped organize major events for my college campus, including bringing Bill Cosby to speak, I’ve met countless celebrities, I co-founded a non-profit organization with one of my best friends, I’ve gained the best friends a girl could ask for through my sorority, my environment and my workplace, and more importantly, I beat those goddamn thoughts from 7 years ago.
OneRepublic was better than all of the prescription bottles I was ever prescribed, all of the countless after school sessions with my therapist, all of the attempts of not reaching the age of 21, and was just what I needed. I’ve always wanted to meet OneRepublic to just thank them for what they do and for ultimately saving what I thought couldn’t be saved.
It is absolutely flabbergasting to know that music can be so powerful that it can save a 21 year old girl from her 14 year old self.
Thank you, OneRepublic.
I hope to meet you one day, but for now, thank you.
"Ew you’re a guy and like the color pink are you gay?"
I’ve been waiting for this post all my life
hitting the drums pretty hard in Kentucky. [photo by: @karasmarsh]