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This is an essay I wrote for class about a HUGE barrier I had to overcome.

Submitted: March 26, 2014

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Submitted: March 26, 2014



I know a lot of these essays will have some ground breaking, or life changing event that the writer had to overcome included in it, but this one is about me. It’s not something a lot of people would be as upset about as I am, but this subject actually means a lot to me. It pretty much shaped me into the person I am today. 

March 22, 2013: A one paragraphed ending appeared on the website of a popular “Punk Rock” band’s lead singer (Gerard Way). It told a story of a bird accidentally getting in his house and the whole thing eventually taught him a lesson. That afternoon, My Chemical Romance broke up. Frontman Gerard Way wrote how My Chemical Romance was only an idea. That they all, all 4 of the guys in the band felt that it was time for the end. A single paragraph was the end of MCR. 

The paragraph said, “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.
My Chemical Romance.” When this was posted, thousands of loyal fans’ hearts broke. When I heard the news, I cried and I swear I watched all of their music videos at least 15 times just to try and accept the fact that the only people who understood me were done making the music that I could really relate to. 

My Chemical Romance has saved so many lives from being taken because of their relatable lyrics and kind words of wisdom. I’ve had so many people come up and ask me if I am “goth” because of the music I listen to. I am not “goth” or “emo” but that doesn’t make it okay to judge someone and give them titles because of what they like does it? I am my own person and if I like... louder music... then that’s just what I like and what I listen to. That doesn’t make me anything. It makes me... well.... me! 

After the break up, I just had to accept the fact that they were done. I was happy to find out that Gerard Way (lead singer) and Frank Iero (lead guitarist) were making music by themselves as their own person. Gerard recently sang a song in concert titled “Millions” and another one called “Zero Zero”. 

I still can’t get over the break up, but I try. I listen to the band’s old music all the time just to remember them and I’ve seen almost every interview and live performance video on Youtube. My biggest wish is to meet Gerard Way and give him a big hug and tell him how much he means to me and how much his music has been there for me when no one else was. There is my essay, sorry it wasn’t at all what you were probably expecting. Thank you for letting me share my story.

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