Calling My Chemical Romance heroes does NOT serve them justice; because they are so much more than that. (Entry for 9/11/2011, Detroit, Michigan.)
To understand my deep admiration for My Chemical Romance would require one to trace back to the pivotal moment when I first heard their music...
Summer 2004. And I can honestly say that it seems just like yesterday when I first heard the song “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”. The very song that started it all…
Music is a universally spoken language. And fortunately my personal taste in music comes with no strings attached -- I like a wide range of music; as long as it feeds my ears with an aurally pleasing tune, I’m a happy camper.
But it isn't often that an artist can come into heart and literally improve your outlook on life, that which before was at a scary low, and fill you with an abundance of pure hope. But I was lucky enough to have an artist like this come into my heart; forever giving me reasons to be constantly thankful.
''My Chemical Romance saved my life'', a quote often referred to by fellow soldiers in the MCRmy, and Killjoys, alike. I respect this quote, whole-heartedly. But My Chemical Romance did not save my life…
My Chemical Romance made my life. It might seem pathetic to someone who doesn't understand their positive messages, and only refer to them in a negative light -- and I am okay with that. I know what this band means to me, and I am the only one who needs to know that fact. My Chemical Romance came into my life at a time when I really needed someone, anyone, I just needed a reliable source of hope. A source that I previously believed didn't exist.
By choice, I do not have religion in my life. And for those who do, I commend you. But my source of positive reinforcement comes in the form of talented musicians. Musicians who have taught me one of life's most valuable lessons: things WILL get better.
Things will get better; words of encouragement for those moments of self-doubt, for those moments of loneliness, and for those moments when you feel that things couldn’t possibly get worse. They are words that will always be able to retain such a cherished message, and they are words that will forever hold a special place in my heart,
This band is the reason that I firmly believe that life is not perfect, nor was it ever intended to be that way. Because perfection does not exist. And even though it can often times seem like there are more bumps in the road, rather than smooth cruising, it's okay.
Things will get better.
My Chemical Romance have also taught me countless other life lessons: pursue you dreams, even if they seem unobtainable. Do exactly what makes you happy. Never allow the media to force you to conform yourself into what is believed to be normal. Be unique. And finally, to embrace your originality.
The picture I have included is a picture of my only tattoo. It is a tattoo that was not gotten on a whim. It was something I thought very hard about getting. Having this permanently inked on my skin for life is the best feeling in the world, because I will always have my source of happiness visible as a reminder to remain positive, even when it seems like the cup will eternally be empty. My tattoo reminds me that hope will always exist, as long as I never allow my spark to die. No matter the years that go by, I will always wear my heart on my sleeve, literally.
I want to win this contest for more than just a photo pass, I want to experience seeing my heroes, up close, and personal. I don't think I should be picked because I've somehow earned it; I haven't seem them a billions of times live, I have never had the money to travel throughout the United States, or even to a different country to see one of their shows, and I may not have loved them from the dawn of their beginning…
I want to be picked to win because of no other fact than it would be the best kind of present that I would be able to mentally carry with me, forever.