Ashley is a student from England and a longtime MCR fan. She can be found on her Twitter account, @SassyMotivation.
I have been listening to My Chemical Romance for seven years. I am 19 years old. I have also struggled with a lot of personal experiences. During my teenage years, I suffered a lot of depression, and went through some emotionally exhausting experiences, which as a teenager, you struggle to deal with.
I began to start listening to My Chemical Romance when I was in a particularly bad place and I felt vulnerable, as a young teenager. At the time, I had no idea it would be the band that would eventually win my heart and become the soundtrack of my life. Famous Last Words made me feel strong and defiant. Welcome To The Black Parade made me feel like I could carry on. The songs are still soundtrack of my fears, achievements and even failures. I became accustomed to failure during high school. I became very apathetic, lazy, boring. I had no motivation to even try and become a successful person. That’s when My Chemical Romance became really prominent in my life, when I really needed them. To give me a motivational boost when I needed it the most.
During my teens, I discovered a lot about myself. I also went through things even adults would struggle to deal with. My Chemical Romance was there, just for comfort. I didn’t give up – and eventually I became proud of myself. There are two bands who helped me come to terms with coming out, as well as having the courage to do so. Those bands were My Chemical Romance and Queen. I looked to them for inspiration, and it worked. My Chemical Romance helped me find a way to do what is best for me. It made me happier, more comfortable with myself, and hey, no tooting my own horn, but, it made me feel more beautiful.
I never thought I would go to university, be successful, and be someone. I’m sure we can all agree, My Chemical Romance were definitely a motivating band. They want their fans to be successful. I never gave up in school, even when things were hard, and now I am so close to the next chapter in my life. I’m not entirely sure what it means without My Chemical Romance making no more music, but I know they will continue to help and comfort me, as well as just putting a smile on my face.
The My Chemical Romance fandom has also had a positive impact on my life. I have met some lovely, courageous, sweet and thoughtful individuals and I hope they are my friends for life. Just like the band, they have helped me through some hard times, they have made me laugh. They have made me feel comfortable in my own skin. That’s when you know you have some really great friends.
After hearing Fake Your Death, and thinking what the band still means to me. It is definitely hope. A foundation of hope that has helped me become a better, wiser, smarter, and more confident person. For once in my life, I finally know where I am going and who I am. I finally know what I want in life – and I owe a lot of that to My Chemical Romance. I believe that is the power of music, being able to get inspiration from people you don’t know. I will always respect the guys and hope they will continue to have a successful career in solo projects. I am confident that I will enjoy their projects and they will continue to have a positive influence on my life.
I believe I would be in a totally different place without ever hearing My Chemical Romance. I’m not sure where I would be, but I know I wouldn’t have been this confident, or proud of my current achievements in life. Even though they’re now gone, I know the music is never going away. I will continue to still listen, and just be hopeful that one day I will meet the idols that changed my life.