Beware of all the errors, as I'm writing this on my phone. Don't really have time to proof read it, but I thought this could be as real as a "blog" entry can get.
I don't think I can express enough how excited I am to see Jon Foreman tonight.
It's interesting, having someone's words basically take such a major toll on you, that your whole life changes.
I was about 17 years old, or just shy of 17. (my years between 15-18 are a blur and I mix all of them up and combine them to 17. I just feel like that's the age I really grew the most and that number sticks out.) Anyway, I was suffering from depression. I was not myself whatsoever. I thought negatively, I began attacking others, I had no confidence, I was bullied, I was cheated on, verbally/physically abused, I didn't care about school, I was failing about everything. I mean I could really keep the list going. I had no faith that life would get better. I met someone one day, and, well, actually, I ironically met two people that day that would change my life in two completely different ways. But we will stick with the first person for this story. I met this person, and he introduced me to Switchfoot. For my birthday, I received every single Switchfoot song, demo, live performance ever. I spent all day listening to their music. Listening to the words, the rhythms, the beats. I went through a crazy Switchfoot phase where my life consisted of seeing them at every local show. Or asking my Dad to take me to San Diego every summer for Bro-Am. Or asking friends to take me to shows, and paid them in left over lunch money. Seeing them (Switchfoot) live is so amazing. For once, I felt like I wasn't alone. All these people together felt exactly what I was feeling. And it was so refreshing. I felt every word, and believed it. I have never felt that with anything before. Something about Jon, and the way he spoke about his lyrics, and what he felt, really woke me up. It changed how I viewed everything.
I can quite honestly say, Jon Foreman changed my life. And I have met him several times and never really voiced this to him. Although I can say, he is the most humble man I have ever met. Thank you, Jon Foreman.