Monday, July 16, 2018

★I met Dan Reynolds to talk about Loveloud before I went to see Panic! At The Disco★

So, it has been quite an eventful past week.  I honestly did not expect to meet Dan Reynolds face to face, and honestly, I felt bad because I was really nervous keeping eye contact.  I remember, I had just finished watching his HBO documentary and decided to support Loveloud and bought a shirt since I could in no way be able to see him in Salt Lake city during the festival. I went to work, and happen to to see this event pop up on my instagram that was being hosted by AT&T and at first I was like "I'm not going to win this" but something kept nagging me.

So I entered. I got my notification a day or two before hand. It then hit me that I had to drive to Indiana the next day.  I shrugged, and said it be too much of an opportunity to miss. So, my friend and I went to the event. We get there, and met some pretty cool people. We also got told that 10 people would be able to meet and take a photo with Dan Reynolds. Again, I thought that my luck had stopped there but I tried anyways. I ended up being the 8th called, and I was in disbelief to the point I was shaking.  

Needless to say, I blubbered like a baby because well, his band honestly has helped me a lot. Especially with coping with healing from my Mother's death, my father kicking me out, and managing to get through school. I felt bad because it looked like that was going to make him cry but then quickly said that I fortunately had a safe place to fall. It felt great to be able to thank one of my artist for all that they have done, because music is a big part of my life. 

However, let's talk about what the event is really about, and I will link down the website(s) below so if anyone is interested, they can volunteer.  

In short, Dan found flaws in the way the Mormon community was ran. Please hear me out before you get angry and type hateful comments. 

The suicide rate in LGTBQ+ community is astronomically high among teens, or people in general, so I want to help bring awareness to these organizations causes.  

During the Q&A sessions, I did want to bring up conversion therapy, but thought best that another question be asked. However, due to time restraints, I could not ask my question and I was short so I couldn't.  So, Everyone on the panel suggests that if you are interested in becoming an ally, just ask questions, and talk to people. Please donate, volunteer, ask questions, and don't be afraid to stand up against hate. 

Here are the links to Loveloud and the Trevor Project: 

The next day I went to Panic! At The Disco in Indianapolis. I was needless to say super tired, but I had been able to rest the following day after the concert and slept in at my friend's house. After that, I decided to stay into town and spend time with my Mother's family. 

It was so amazing to see my aunt and uncles again, and to learn about my Mom's family more. I had missed them so much, and I could tell that they had missed me.  

However, I want to get serious for a moment, and I'm not going into too much details. 

I have always wondered why things had happened the way they did, and I will just say that I got my answers, and everything makes so much more sense. If you have seen my instagram, you would know that I had decided to partially cut ties with my father, however, I feel that there was much more that I did not know because I was so young, and my Mom being my Mom, did not tell me these things that have occurred between them two, but I am just going to leave it at that.  

Please, if you are in an abusive relationship, get help. Get out by any means necessary.   
I am so thankful that I have been told the truth, and I realized that even though my Father had kicked me out, and I had been up here, he has been still trying to taint my life with this toxic behavior. I am also now, not afraid to mention anything because I use to tiptoe around the subject but honestly, I am just tired, and I don't want to fight anymore. 

So again, please get help if you feel suicidal, in a bad relationship, or show any signs of wanting to harm yourself. There is help out there. You are not alone, and someone will help you. Sometimes, it's just not in the place we'd expect the help to be. I wish you all a wonderful and peaceful night. 

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