You already know I love concerts. But some concerts are better than others.
And some aren’t just concerts.
On Saturday I went to see Tyler Ward (if you don’t know who he is, check out his YouTube channel) at Kilby Court (with my trusty BFFs who are nice and go everywhere with me). He’s one of the few people I’ve gone to see more than once, because he’s just that great. And this time I actually got to meet him! Woohoo!!!
Also, if you’re wondering why there’s sharpie on my face, it’s because . . .
I know we all have short attention spans so I’ll sum this up quickly: because of technical difficulties, he had to basically come up with an improvised show. This led to a lot of storytelling and explaining the reasons behind his songs. At one point he said he felt like he was giving a sermon instead of a concert . . . and to be honest, he kind of was–in the best way.
Like he’s explained in some of his videos, and like he says in his more recent songs, he’s been changing a lot of things in his life. He talked about how God has helped him quit a lot of things he was addicted to, things that a lot of people struggle with (among them alcohol and pornography). It was great to hear someone speak so openly about his challenges, how he’s overcome them, and how he’s come to know what’s most important in life.
This song pretty much explains it.
This one explains even better. And it’s the name of the tour, too.
I have a lot of respect for people who are so willing to share about their experiences, who are humble enough to change, and who use what they’ve learned to inspire others. It makes me want to do the same.
I think what Tyler and many others have discovered is that no amount of popularity, fame, glory, or worldly praise can give you what you need. You’ll always be wanting more–the next best thing. Having good relationships with the people who are important to you and doing things that make the world a better place are what really make you happy. (Let’s not pretend I’m saying I’m good at this, though I have some ideas about where to start. Stay tuned).
Anyway, thanks to all the inspiring people out there in the world.
“I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect; let’s hang out.” -Tyler Ward