• Nicholas Erb

We've All Been There

We all have our struggles in life. We all go through a lot. We’ve all been there before. Through the good, bad, and the ugly, just know that you’ve made it so far! Life is not a finish line, it's an endless line of unlimited possibilities. Yes, there will be bumps in the road, but no, you won’t let those stop you from achieving your goals.

I’ve been there before. From struggling with my own mental health, dealing with grief, hard friendships, self-struggle, self-consciousness, and much more, I have been there. A common misconception in our society is that if you’re struggling with your mental health, it automatically makes you a crazy person.

That is far from true.

I know something that got me through the hard times was music. Music was always an emotional outlet that allowed me to portray who I truly am, in an artistic manner. I was able to cry through sad lyrics, scream through high-pitched vibratos, and I was able to feel careless by singing a song that meant a lot to me. Some songs that helped me move through these times were “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, The “Dear Evan Hansen” Soundtrack, and any Disney song! Musical theater was another such outlet; helping me not drown in my troubles. One thing that I really enjoy about musical theater is that you are able to put yourself inside a different person’s shoes, and live their life for a bit. It helped me so much to escape my own life, and just live a fun-loving character’s life. It was Uncle Fester from “The Addams Family” Musical for me. His passionate, comical personality allowed me to witness a happy character that truly loved life. His love for his family and his overall perspective on life really helped me understand all that life has to bring. Uncle Fester had a very tight-knit family in the show, and that helped me to really feel loved. Of course, my family is absolutely amazing, but having a family of friends who share the same passion as you is an incredible feeling, especially if they become your best friends in life (which I am lucky enough to have).

Music and musical theater have been my best friends over the past couple years. It took a long time to find out what I truly enjoyed in life and what made me happy, but I had finally found it. Despite all the mental struggles you may have, find something, anything, that makes you happy. It could be as simple as eating a chocolate bar, going on a hike, or reading a nice book. Do something that can replenish your own “self.” Don’t put yourself down, please; you are not alone.

I am so grateful to have my family, friends, coworkers, and a cappella friends, that have helped me get through the good and the bad. I am also grateful for the life I’ve been given. Step back, and look at all that you’ve done in your life. You’re amazing the way you are.

We’re all here for you.

Have a blessed day, month, and year. Let’s continue to make 2018 the most amazing year yet.

Your friend,


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