When I was 16, Rock ‘n’ Roll came into my life and changed it forever. I’m 26 now, so I’ve been a Rock ‘n’ Roller for 10 years!
I felt like I’d made the greatest discovery, all by myself, and in a way, I did. Punk rock, nu metal, heavy metal, grunge, Goth, love metal, it was only the beginning of a long-lasting and thrilling journey.
I was a typical, angry teenager, lost and looking for direction. I was bullied at school and was pretty much always an outsider. And always will be, I guess, I don’t really “fit in” anywhere. Rock showed me that it’s okay, if not better, to be different. It also gave me a new confidence, and the attitude that “what, you don’t like me? Well, so fucking what?”.
It was something I needed, then and now. There are far too many people, bending over backwards to please other people, to meet society’s expectations and the way they think they are supposed to be, and making themselves miserable in the process. Hell, I learned my lesson early on, I did stuff just to please others that, to this day, I wish I hadn’t, and the only person that regrets it is me. But on the other hand, I’m glad I realised it eventually, because I could write a book on the life experiences I’d have missed out on, or the things wouldn’t have done, if I’d carried on listening to what other people told me I should do.
Today, I do what makes me happy. Today, and always, I am proud to be me.
When I discovered this Great Love, I no longer felt alone, I felt like I had this whole extra support group of like-minded people. It started with an initial three that got me hooked, and who I still love to this day, The Rasmus, Linkin Park and Hoobastank. Bands like My Chemical Romance and Good Charlotte where especially on my wavelength.
10 years later and rock has come to my rescue again.
Not that it ever left me, it has always been around, and, apart from my family, has been the only real constant in my life.
In my darkest hours, I know I can switch on those electric guitar notes, and instantly I am transported home, I am okay, and my soul is soothed.
Do you know how I know everything happens for a reason? Because last August, for my 26th birthday, my little sister got me and her tickets to see Linkin Park this November. It’s one of the best, and most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received, as she knew I’ve wanted to see them since I was 16! And it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been in a bad, dark place recently, and going to see Linkin Park, who are pretty much freakin’ family to me, is one of the only things that could totally 100% cheer me up! If I could go to a rock concert every day I would be in a constant state of bliss.
Rock ‘n’ Roll saved me and it’s here to save me again. It will never abandon me or let me down, which is more than can be said for most people.
I didn’t know, back in August, that my life would come crashing down and smash to pieces, but rock made plans to be there for me when it did, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Rock has been my rock 🙂
For those about to rock, we salute you.