A night that changed my life. I had spent hours on my sign and day dreamed of pushing the button - and meeting my idols- every single day. When they didn’t show up to Resolution, I was heart broken. But it made me even more determined! Being chosen for such an experience…..is truly unbelievable. I’m still having a hard time processing that this actually happened to me.
I was balling the entire time (clearly) and being guided through the narrow hallways of the Showbox to get backstage is something I will never forget. When I was waiting for my time to get on, I felt like my legs were going to give out, then Paavo started walking towards me, and I was introduced to him. I couldn’t help but run/tackle hug him, almost knocking him off his feet as he said ‘Hello Kyra!’. He brought me out to the stage and Jono, where I hugged him too and he kissed me on the cheek. I looked out to the crowd, and the first thing I thought was, 'wow, my A&B family looks so fucking beautiful from up here!’, and I immediately had love for every single person in the crowd. We were all one that night. Jono told me to 'push the button whenever I was ready’, I took a deep breath, drank it all in, and then boom. Next thing I know i’m dancing and crying even harder and Paavo and I are jumping together.
There were so many things I wanted to say to them but everything was happening so fast and I was so overwhelmed that all I could do was hug them and cry. I can’t believe I was given this gift of pushing the button, and making my dreams come true.
This is something I will never, ever forget and I will cherish it forever.
Thank you USC, thank you Above & Beyond, and thank you to everyone who was there to make my night so special.