Chester Bennington wrote songs that spoke to my youth, and news of his death hit a lot of us who turned to his music during a tumultuous time of our lives. In this tale – I want to tell you a personal story. My story. I know there have been many times that I have taken to podcasts saying how you are loved by God and you need to keep going. I know there have been many times when I have told any who will listen to me about how close I came to ending my own life as a teenager. But eleven days ago a talented man whose art spoke to my youth and helped me move through life chose to end his own, and eleven days from now we’ll be remembering the third anniversary of when Robin Williams – another man whose art spoke to me and helped me move through life ended his.
I’ll keep telling this story because there are still those who need to hear it. If you are in that place, remember that you are loved – whether it feels like that or not – and that you need to talk to somebody. This world is better with you in it, I promise you.