Thank you, Boys Like Girls
I have been a fan of Boys Like Girls since the very, very beginning; back in the days of MySpace and their first demos. They’ve been my heroes when nothing else in my life went right, they helped me in the transition from child to teenager, and they’re continuing to help me in my transition from teenager to adult. I believe in them like people believe in a religious figure, always giving me something to look forward to, always giving me something to smile about. I went to see them live for the first time on July 17th, 2009. I was 13 years old, and struggling with self harm, depression, and a dysfunctional family. Seeing them live, being so loyal to them and waiting for them to get on stage… little 13 year old me was in the same room as her heroes. I sang along to every song, I cried tears of pure bliss.
Fast forward a bit. More family problems, more self harm, added anxiety and the overall pressures with being a teenager, work, school, relationships… everything coming at me all at once. I get a text from a very close friend saying “I know you’ve been having a hard time.. but Boys Like Girls is coming to Utica… want to go?” I immediately bought my ticket. September 16th, 2012. I was 16 years old. The All American Rejects, The Ready Set, and my heroes, Boys Like Girls, all in one place. The show was absolutely incredible. My friends and i were second row the entire time. During the show, I got half the AAR setlist, and Paul DiGiovanni’s guitar pick. (which is now one of my prized possessions, and is always behind the battery cover of my phone.) I cried once again, being in the same room as the band that saved my life more than once… and it was beautiful. I was sweaty, squished between a ton of people, and we were all there for one reason.. After the final song, Martin Johnson told us that the band would be staying after the show to do meet and greets… and he came off stage right in front of us.. there were a couple girls in front of me, and even before I got to him, I could barely breathe. When it was my turn, I just looked him in the eyes and said “Martin… Boys Like Girls saved my life” and I couldn’t help but cry. He pulled me in for the best hug of my entire life, and kissed me on the cheek. I was still crying, and I kept thanking him and the band for being my rock, my reason to stay alive… and I told Martin and Morgan that I wouldn’t be here without them, and Boys Like Girls means more to me than anything in the entire world. Martin looked me in the eyes, and gently said “You are such an amazingly loyal fan, and we all love you. All four of us. It means so much that you’ve stuck with us all these years, and I’m so glad we’ve made an impact on your life”. I couldn’t speak for a few seconds, but I managed to choke out “Thank you so much,.. i’m so grateful” and I took a picture with Martin. That picture.. that night.. that conversation.. will forever be the greatest moment of my life. Boys Like Girls… thank you so much. thank you thank you thank you. You’ve kept me alive for seven years. I owe you every single bit of respect and gratitude in the world.