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Bridges signifies resilience: a journey from darkness to light. It also signifies a connection between myself and you… and now I'd like us to use this to connect. Please use this platform as a message-board to share your stories of resilience, strength and appreciation for yourself and others. I can't wait to read them.
Coming out as gay was hard for me as I was very involved with the church and didn't have the courage till I was 28 years old. I lost almost everyone I was close to, and thought I would lose my parents as well, but surprisingly they stood by my side. Through the rejection and condemnation, I was able to find peace and new relationships while still being me. I didn't have to trade my life for a label or be afraid of being myself.
The past 3 years however, things got very dark. My sister was killed by her husband and my mother did not live long after that. My partner of 6 years decided we were going different directions and left. I struggled to find any purpose or light in life. It was pain deep in my soul and I couldn't breathe. There were many times I wondered if it was even worth it and considered ending it all. But I began traveling the world and experiencing what else was outside of my little bubble. I found that building deep relationships with people, walking through the hard times and the joys brought meaning to life. Being there where I could make a difference mattered and gave me purpose. Loving others, whether or not they loved me in return, mattered.
I would like to say I never have those thoughts anymore but they do still come in the dark times. And when they do I remind myself that I matter. Others would not be here today if it wasn't for me. I am worthy of loving and being loved. Life is not about me, but about the relationships I have and the love I show around me.
I hear the music of bridges and I feel myself in the words. The same struggles, the tears, but also the joys. I will rise and with my heart wide open. There will always be dark with the light, but if we come together, we can make it through anything.
Thank you Calum for being who you are and the music you share; I feel a deep connection to you although I've never met you. Hopefully one day I can sit and talk with the man behind the music over a beer. In the dark times, remember that people who have never met you, love you. Not just for your talent, but also the man you show you are behind all of that. I see YOU, and thank God for bringing your light into this world. I pray that you see continued success, be true to yourself, and always love freely and are freely loved in return.Share thisShare this