On June 10th, after performing a concert for fans in her hometown of Orlando, FL, 22-year-old Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by a deranged man with a gun. She was harmed while doing her job, while living her dreams, while signing autographs and taking photos with fans. The world is in shock, disbelief, and mourning the loss of a talented woman taken far too soon.
As fans, we can’t help but think of the “what if..?” when something like this happens. It hits so close to home and it makes us rethink things. We’ve spent 23 years knowing everything we can about Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick, enjoying their music, growing up with them, watching their families grow, making memories…
But have we been thankful enough? Have we enjoyed every moment that we’ve been blessed to have? Have we acknowledged just how lucky we are?
At the end of the day, it’s not about the selfies, the social media interactions, the way we think things should be or the way things are; it’s about enjoying every single moment that we are lucky enough to have with the people that have changed our lives. Whether that be the Backstreet Boys, the friends you have made because of them, or family you’ve created for yourself out of those friends, let them know now. Forever isn’t guaranteed.
Be mindful of the words you put out into the world, but also be mindful of what you aren’t saying and take the time to say it. Tell someone you love that you love him or her. Thank somebody for what they have given you. Acknowledge and be kind. Live with no regrets.
To AJ, Brian, Kevin, Howie and Nick — thank you is not and will never be enough for all that you have done for us. We say it time and time again, but it’s never enough. Thank you for inspiring us, for being our happy place, for being here, for sharing, for everything. There’s not a strong enough word for how you’ve made us feel for years, but it’s so deeply appreciated. Through following your own dreams, you’ve inspired us to create our own, you’ve awakened dreams in us we didn’t even know we had, and you’ve given us new life to some of us that we didn’t know we wanted to live.
To fellow fans — there is no better feeling that being in a venue, big or small, with 100s or 1000s of other human beings who share the same indescribable feelings we do. To look around and, after 20+ years, still see the same look on each other’s faces. We’re all on the same team. We’re all rooting for the same guys. Be kind to one another – we’re all we’ve got. Support one another. Words leave scars and scars consume people. Spread love. Thank you for supporting this site, supporting each other, and for being a force in the world.
Don’t let it be too late.
There has been a gofundme account set up to help Christina Grimmie’s family process this tragedy without financial burden. If you can not afford to give, please share it. ❤
Sending love and light.
UPDATE:Hours after this post was published, a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando sent shockwaves worldwide as the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Please, if you can, set up an appointment to donate blood (details here). Again, hug your loved ones, tell them how you feel, and send positive vibes into the world. It’s needed now more than ever.