Imagine a toddler thrown into a wall from across the room.
Imagine that toddler surrounded by alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide attempts and physical violence.
Imagine a child never feeling love, a warm embrace or nurturing from his own parents.
Imagine a child with agonizing night terrors from the screams of helplessness inside him.
Imagine a shy and lonely child attending kindergarten and feeling so alone and different that he became a target of daily physical and verbal assaults.
Imagine a child returning home from school and being verbally assaulted all over again.
Imagine a child awakened in the dark of the night and repeatedly dragged into a car. As the car raced violently he could only hear the screams of his mother’s voice…”I’m going to kill us all.”
Imagine a child returning to school the next day pretending that everything was fine, only to be beaten and bullied again.
Imagine a child holding a secret.
Imagine a young man upon discovering how he was different than the other boys in school and realizing that everyone else already knew.
Imagine a young man being severely verbally abused and physically beaten by strangers just for being himself.
Imagine a young man wielding a knife as a cry for help.
Imagine a young man locked behind bars and finally feeling safe for the very first time in his short life.
Imagine a young man of 14 leaving home and never looking back.
Imagine a young man just five months later attending a concert that would ultimately change the trajectory of his life forever.
Imagine a fragile shell of a young man, one among of crowd of over 15,000, being pulled on stage to sing with his favorite rock star.
Imagine a young man in that moment feeling accepted and noticed for the first time in his life.
Imagine a young man returning to school the next day beaming with a sense of joy and inspiration only to be bullied and beaten again.
Imagine a young man who, because of the violence and shame, considered living his life in silence concealing who he really was.
Imagine a young man barely able to speak but mumbling an anthem of hope through his own blood and tears.
Imagine a young man paralyzed by fear and unable to feel, but step by step he knew there was something inside him.
Imagine a man chasing that feeling he felt on stage for decades.
Imagine a man who was denied a proper education by teachers that didn’t protect him, who has achieved success; a man who had a million dreams come true but still only felt the pain and emptiness of a sad young boy.
Imagine a man three decades later, having worked with music royalty, creating a multi-million dollar business just so he could recapture that wondrous life changing experience of a 15 year old boy, over and over again.
Imagine a man who has come full circle, turned the corner on a lifetime of fear and sadness, who is now able to embrace the past and celebrate his life.
Imagine a man who is now ready, at last, to honor and truly feel the journey that was his life and the man that inspired him.