Thank you for pushing me to be my better self.
Thank you for showing me who I am and who I have the potential to be.
I know you do not respect me,
Even though I am not sure why.
I don’t mean much to you either.
I thank you.
I would not be where I am now without you.
I would not have found my passion without you.
I would not love life as much without your hurtful words.
Maybe you don’t remember the words you said to me.
Every once in a while, I have these horrible flashbacks.
You told me I was not good enough.
You told me that I would never succeed as a musician.
You told me that I was a horrible person.
You called me ugly names.
You played on all of my insecurities.
I was devastated.
I had spent so much of my life focused on my path in music
And you stomped on it.
Demolished the living essence of it.
Did you know that I could not listen to music for months?
Did you know that I did not pick my instrument up for almost a year?
My dreams were shattered.
I felt helpless and lost.
But then I remembered something.
I am more than a musician.
I am more than the words you said to me.
I am not defined by names you called me.
I know it seems almost ironic,
Or perhaps idiotic
For me to be so resilient from what happened.
But ultimately, I would not change it for the world.
I was stuck in a rut
Caught on a road that had no exit ramp.
But you showed me a hidden one.
The ride was bumpy and rough
And I almost turned back countless times.
But I didn’t because you showed me that I was strong.
You showed me that I was powerful.
You showed me that I could stand up and make a difference.
If you would not have said those hurtful things,
I would still be on the path to be a professional musician.
I would be satisfied enough out of life to make it worth it.
But I wouldn’t be thriving.
But look at me now.
I love my life.
I love the path I am on.
I have a crazy passion for the future.
I am excited for what is to come.
So, I thank you.
You helped me see that I was lost when I could not see it myself.
You forced me to reevaluate my life
And to put myself back on track.
I would not have found my true calling without you.
Sure, you said some hurtful things,
Things that will certainly haunt me forever.
But you gave me a gift.
You gave me the path out of the rut I was in.
And you know what?
I love music so much more now.
And I love my life more than I ever thought possible.
Thank you for pushing me to be my truer self.
Thank you for forcing me to find my character and to discover what I’m meant to be.
A thankful student.