This past Tuesday TWLOHA was featured on MTV’s The Buried Life because a girl named Lexie dreamed to give people struggling with depression a place to connect with one another. The Buried Life invited us into the evening, and then we had the chance to invite you. The night brought a room full of 400 people, songs, and hope. This night gave the people in the room a chance to share things for the first time, and we were amazed at how well Lexie pulled off the event.
Below is a video update and poem Lexie wrote after The Buried Life came and visited, offering incredible words of encouragement and strength. We’re thankful we had the chance to share this night with her and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for her.
Soon my fears will be brought from darkness to light.
I am no longer afraid.
Soon my scars will no longer be hidden, but on display for all of you to see.
My scars have started to fade, and my heart has started to heal.
Soon my masks that I have so delicately created, will be broken and all of me will be exposed.
I have started to love the person who has been hiding behind them, and I am learning to accept her.
I have been so blessed to have people I love, people who don’t even know me, and newfound friends support me. But I am one of the lucky ones, I am one of the blessed.
What about the girl who still hides her pain, and hides behind her mask? Or the boy who still struggles with the emotions you have told him to hide?
What will you do to them when they are ready to step out of the darkness and into the light?
It is in your nature to try and scare them, and tell them to go back into their darkness and hide there. It’s where they belong, and it’s the only place they are safe.
We all know that isn’t true, so now you have a choice.
Let them come out of the darkness and embrace them in your light. Or continue to send them back, and keep them there.
If you choose to let them shine, you will be amazed at what you will see. They have so much to give, and so much to share. They will be delicate at first, but in time they will strengthen. You can be a part of that, and in turn be strengthened by them.
If you choose to send them into the darkness yet again, know you are making such a huge mistake. Not only because it is simply wrong, but you are losing the chance to see the beauty they have inside. Do you really want to feel the burden of keeping them silent?
If you are on the fence, come and attack me. I have been so blessed, and because of that you no longer scare me. No matter what you throw at me I can almost guarantee I have already faced it, and I’ve won. If I haven’t yet, I have the support system to help me fight. I am one of the lucky ones, not all are as lucky as I am. Don’t take away the hope they have finally realized they have.
So world, what will it be?