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I’ve been struggling with anxiety and depression for about a year now, and during my first anxiety attack, I turned to The Color Morale. Every time that I wanted to relapse to cutting my left thigh, I wrote lyrics from The Color Morale and other bands instead all over my arms and legs. The Color Morale has been an anchor of mine for a long time. At Warped Tour 2014, I met Garret Rapp, and my world changed for the better. Earlier that day, I had met Crown The Empire (which was already incredible in itself) and seen The Color Morale’s set. I really loved it, and my voice was really sore from screaming and singing along. During the set, Garret told us that if we needed to talk, he would be at the TCM tent all night. After We Are The In Crowd’s set, I had time to kill, so with my dad, my twin brother, and my aunt, I walked to the tent. There wasn’t too long of a line, and I watched other fans meet Garret, which was pretty cool. My dad asked what I wanted signed, since I didn’t have any of their CDs, sadly. Well, on the drive to the venue that morning, I had written some lyrics in a little pink notebook. I didn’t think that they were that good, but I wanted them signed by my favorite lyricist. When it was my turn to meet Garret, I was shaking really badly and I was extremely nervous. I asked if he could sign my lyrics, and he did, then asking if he could read my lyrics. I only had the first verse and half of the chorus. Usually, I’m really self-conscious about other people reading my lyrics since they tend to be really personal, but I said, “Sure.” And he read them. After he looked over them, he wondered how old I am. I told him, and he was blown away, which definitely surprised me. He told me that I have an amazing talent with songwriting and that I should keep going. I thanked him, and stuttering horribly, I told him that his music has gotten me through so much of my anxiety. He gave me the best hug I’ve ever had and told me that there’s a new song on Hold On Pain Ends written for me (I can’t remember the name, but I’ll see it in September soon.), that whenever I feel hopeless, I can always turn to The Color Morale. I almost cried, but I didn’t. During this little exchange, my twin was buying a T-shirt from the tent, and he met Garret as well. He didn’t really know much about The Color Morale before coming with me to Warped Tour, but he liked their set a lot, and he got a picture with Garret, which was pretty cool. He also told me that earlier in the day, Devin King nodded at him when I was at their tent, pre-ordered Hold On Pain Ends. I don’t think he’ll ever stop talking about that. Thanks to The Color Morale, I’ve finished the song that he signed with a new-found confidence that I never had before and way more after that. Whenever I have a bad day, I can look back at that tiny little notebook and remember that my hero is rooting for me somewhere out there. I’m not alone in this battle against depression and anxiety, and I’m not okay yet. The important part is that I’m closer to okay.