you dun it

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i want to tell you a story. it’s a story about a 17 year old boy from columbus ohio, with a rubber band on his wrist and bad thoughts in his head who writes about trees and saying hello. it’s a story about a 20 year old boy from ohio who makes this musical group, and starts to need his rubber band less, and puts his words in to music. it’s a story about a 22 year old boy from ohio, whose life isn’t going quite the way he thought it would but he’s made a new friend, a new brother, and this new friend is helping him project the words he once feared to say, louder and further than he ever thought possible. it’s a story about a 24 year old boy from ohio who has stopped wearing his rubber band completely, and who is singing the world his darkest thoughts, at first afraid of rejection, but growing confidence as he hears the world sing back. it’s a story about a 27 year old boy from ohio, with tattoos lining his wrist where a rubber band once was, who stands in one of the biggest venues in america and sings to nearly 30,000 people about trees and saying hello. 

i want to tell you a story. it’s a story about a boy who made it. and i want you to know that you can make it too. you are not a sad story. you are not hopeless. you will sing about your own trees one day.

happy TOP things
  • tyler’s brother just won a huge basketball championship, and tyler was there to see it
  • josh talks and smiles a lot more in interviews, and generally seems happier
  • ben who used to be on the crew has a wife and an adorable kid
  • tyler is married and living with the love of his life
  • “you guys give us purpose” said tyler
  • josh’s whole family painted their nails together
  • mercy’s favorite thing about jenna is how good she is at painting nails, and her favorite thing about tyler is that he sings them songs every night that he’s home
  • josh plays his “dream drumset”
  • josh’s sister makes the most beautiful poems
  • momma dun is like a mom to tyler too
  • jenna travels with them and makes them food, so they’re eating a lot better now
  • tyler plays screen, a song he wrote in his basement about being insecure, to arenas of people who love him
  • in general, life is beautiful in the little ways for them, and i’m beyond happy
    (feel free to add!!)