So 10 years ago I was in year 7, and it was then I began my struggle with social anxiety. I left school years early, and had near to no education because of it. I was often too scared to go out the house, too scared to get the bus, too scared to go shopping, too scared to live basically.
In 2006, a week before My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade album came out, I had my lowest point, and the only thing that kept me hanging on was the promise of that new album. When I heard the album, I soaked it up, and at the end came Famous Last Words. I heard the words ‘I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone’ and I thought ‘that’s what I want, I want to be able to say that and mean it one day.’ So that’s what I aimed for.
Since that day I’ve worked my arse off to get over my social anxiety and start living life, I’ve seen counsellors and therapists and pushed all my boundaries, and I now feel like I have a life and that I’m living it well. I can go out, go shopping, talk to people, go to gigs, I even sang on stage. And all because of that line from that song.
So here it is, stuck in my skin for eternity, because I can finally say that I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone, and really mean it.
Thanks My Chemical Romance, thanks for helping me to live.
I have never felt so out of place in a class room as I do right now, Luckily, the sophomore next to me is pretty basic and understands what this class is supposed to be about. I don’t know how these kids managed to get into college and not understand the basic concept of writing or English as a whole. I cannot imagine living life feeling the way they do. How they do so baffles me. I will never understand college. I think it’s because they’re athletes… does that mean they don’t have to try as hard? I’m just confused. I guess it will be something I never fully understand.
I double dog dare you!
Passion-driven Indianapolis pop-punk band, The Day After, has created a feel-good record, worthy of at least a thousand repeat listens. The five-piece talk to us about their latest record, This Year, the love for their craft and the positive impact they have on their fans.