Yesterday I traveled several hours by plane and waited outside in the heat for what felt like an eternity to see my all-time favorite band, Aerosmith, in Munich. It was my seventh time seeing them, and will soon see them for the eighth time, but it was a special experience nonetheless. The concert was beyond amazing, everything I hoped it would be and more.
But to me, seeing them live was about much more than just the music, the band or their performance. It also reminded me of the deeper meaning their music has to me, the pain it has helped me overcome in the past, the strength it has given me along the way and all the joy and happiness I’ve experienced while listening to their music. And just like everyone else’s favorite artist, Aerosmith just has this special place in my heart.
It’s been exactly 10 years since I saw them live for the first time, and a lot has happened since then. I managed to get out of an abusive home, graduated high school, broke up with a person who was bad for me, graduated college, fulfilled one of my dreams by moving to Norway, lost my beautiful grandma to cancer, worked at one of the county’s best design agencies, bought my first apartment and will soon start a new chapter in my career, all while seeing my favorite band eight times in between all of this.
It might sound cliché, but I really do have Aerosmith to thank for where I am right now. No matter how bad things got at home, no matter how hopeless or scared I felt, their music was always there for me as a light of guidance in the dark, providing me with strength, courage, and hope, which I am beyond grateful for.
I’m amazed by how far I’ve come since that first concert, both on an emotional and professional level, and I can’t even begin to imagine what the next 10 years will have in store for me. But whatever happens, I know their music will be there with me, giving me the inspiration and strength it always has.
I’d also like to bring some attention to Janie’s Fund, an organization owned by Steven Tyler that works together with Youth Villages to support abused girls. When I stepped forward about being abused, I wasn’t taken very seriously and not many people believed me, and I still struggle with opening up about it because of the stigma around and out of fear of how people will react. Seeing that the frontman of my favorite band, the same man I looked up to so much while growing up, is actually using his voice and platform to raise awareness and provide support for abuse victims warms my heart in ways that words cannot describe.
I’ll be setting up a monthly donation to Janie’s Fund, and am also working on art I’ll sell in order to raise money, so expect another post about that within the next couple of months.