Good Morning: Demi Lovato Concert
Good morning friends!
Over the weekend, Katie, Anna and I went over to Tampa to see Demi Lovato! It was my second time seeing her and she is still amazing as ever! Demi is such an amazing and inspiring performer and I'm so glad that I had the chance to see her again. If you ever get a chance to see Demi Lovato in concert, I highly recommend it!
One thing that I really admire about Demi is what she stands for. She is so open about her mental illness, something that we don't see a lot of in this day and age. Mental illness is seen as a sign of weakness, especially if you talk about it. Those of us with a mental illness are taught to hide it, or ignore the signs. Even when I finally sought help, I was told that everything was personally my fault. That was not something I wanted to hear and even if this was true, I wanted help, but never got it. When I first was diagnosed with general and social anxiety, it helped me understand so much more about myself. And now I even embrace it and use my diagnosis to try and better myself. I still have my off days and there are still some people in my life who don't understand what I'm going through, but that's okay.
Demi Lovato has her own struggles with mental illness and she is very vocal about it. Demi is the leader of Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Illness and is a partner with CAST on Tour to help provide others with the resources and tools to their their life around, just like Mike Bayer, Founder & CEO of CAST Centers, did for Demi.
Demi struggled with addiction, eating disorder, bi-polar disorder and self-harm but has since overcome them. She is such an inspiration to me because she is an advocate for those who don't have a voice or are too afraid to speak up. During her concert, she took a moment to speak about her journey and what she has done and is continuing to do for mental health. Honestly, listening to her talk about her journey and how far she has come now made me tear up a bit. She then sang her song "Warrior" and that really struck a chord with me.
After learning about Demi's journey and how she overcame everything, not letting it get her down but using it to grow, made me want to continue growing from my anxiety and becoming a stronger person. Through this process, I want to use my voice to help those who need it.
If you struggle with mental health problems, it's ok to seek help. You are not weak for needing help; you are strong!