My journey started including you ten years ago. I was in grade six when I stumbled across the music video for "Our song" and became instantly mesmerized. Back then I thought you were getting me through the most tragic heartbreaks of my life... bullies, terrible eyebrow blues, and unrequited puppy love. It wasn't until high school when real life hit me like a bag of bricks.
In the first month of grade ten four students from my high school were struck by a drunk driver and tragically killed. Two of those four being my classmates, it turned my entire town into a gloomy nightmare. The school cancelled classes, the library turned into a counselling center, I attended my first two funerals... in the same day. I turned to your song Breathe to get me through those nightmarish weeks.
I wish I could say my high school tragedies ended there but in grade eleven I was awoken by my mother shaking me telling me we had to go see my dad. I made a 911 call that changed my life forever- my father had succeeded in his suicide attempt. December 16th, 2012 changed me, but oddly enough not long before that day you came out with an album full of heartbreaking songs. That album is what I listened to constantly, somehow it reminded me of home when I really didn't feel like I had one.
Over the course of these ten years your concerts seemed to pop up near me when I needed them most. I attended the speak now tour a week before I started high school, I attended the Red Tour five months after my father died- and was greeted by one of your team members who moved my friends and I from the nosebleeds to the pit. Lastly I won tickets to the 1989 tour not long after I moved out.
I'm twenty now, and my life has again turned upside down but this time its in a different way. I recently got engaged and less than a month after that I found out that I'm pregnant. It scares me a little bit knowing that next time you come around I won't have the resources to be able to see you but I am so excited to share your music with my son or daughter as the soundtrack to my life story.
In every situation I've encountered so far the monsters truly have turned out to be just trees, and I know this won't be any different.
Thank you so much.
Alishya Thexton (twitter @alishyathex)