Thank you Josh and Tyler, for everything you do and for all the lives, including mine, you have saved |-/
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I found Twenty One Pilots back when their tickets were $5 and they were playing in the basements of churches in Ohio for maybe 200 people. I fell in love instantly. Their music is so raw and real. They sing and play with such passion. I was raised in a very conservative very strict baptist household with my 5 other siblings. I was the outsider of my family. I never fit in. I was constantly fighting with my parents about everything and I never knew what was wrong with me. Twenty One Pilots changed me life. They showed me I wasn't alone. I wasn't the only person lost and broken. I found a place that I finally fit in, I found the skeleton clique and found a family. I connect with the music on such an intense level, I owe these boys my life. If I hadn't of found them, I'm not sure where I'd be right now.
Thank you Josh and Tyler, for everything you do and for all the lives, including mine, you have saved |-/
I think almost everyone in this book will say that this band saved their life. That is so special and so hard to do; there are a lot of bands out there that save lives but almost none that save people as often as twenty one pilots.
I know that I started listening to twenty one pilots at the right time, maybe just a bit after the right time actually. I’ve been on and off suicidal for most of my life, and I wouldn’t have been able to stay alive for this long without this band, without these boys and their music. They give me hope. They keep me from hurting myself when nothing else can. They have given me a home that I found myself, a family I chose, a place for me and my mind to be as insane as we are and be surrounded by people who are just as insane as us. Twenty one pilots tell me that it’s okay to be insane, it’s okay to lose your mind, that eventually I’ll find it again and be able to stand on my own and until then Tyler and Josh and the clique will hold me up. We all lean on each other, we all save each other, we all care about each other, and we all matter. The night I saw twenty one pilots was the best night of my life and the first time I had felt completely home in a long time. I remember Finish Ticket and Echosmith opened that night, and the lead singer thought he had dreamed of this night with the brilliant sunset over the lake.
That night was a dream.
I was home.
Twenty one pilots are what give me breath, and I don’t say that lightly. They are the reason I stay alive. They make me feel. Sometimes I’m just pacing in my room staring at the floor, then Holding On To You starts playing and it snaps me out of it. I was just listening to Vessel again while I was home alone, what with it being the three year anniversary of its release, and I was crying and screaming along to the words. That may not seem like a good thing, but after I cry and scream to twenty one pilots I’m able to laugh out loud and feel more joy and be more hopeful for the future. Thank you, twenty one pilots, for making me feel. For giving me a home. For saving my life.
I honestly don't know how to start this letter, all that comes to mind is thank you, and I know you guys get that a lot, but everyone truly means it.
I guess I will just start off with how I discovered you. Well...I found out about you guys when I was about 8 or 9 and I have been listening to you ever since (I am now 16). I know every word to every song, and every song name off of every album.
People think that is weird and they make fun of me for liking you guys a lot, but they don't know how much this band means to me or how much you guys have helped me.
I struggle with anxiety, and when ever I listen to your music it all seems like everything will be okay.I also struggle with a "disease" called trichotillomania, which causes me to pull my hair leaving me with bald spots on my head, and also causing me to become depressed at some times. Since listening to your music I have become a happier person and I have been able to stop pulling, because of you.
I saw you guys for my first concert, it was at Red Rocks on September 27 and all of it felt like a dream. I cried so much, because I finally got to be in the same general area with the two people that mean the a lot to me.
I don't know what it is,but your music is the only thing that helps me through a crappy day, or just looking at a picture of you guys will make me happy.
You make me feel like I have purpose and that I belong in the world and that people actually care. You made me realize that I am not alone and never will be.
I just enjoy you guys so much, and I enjoy what you've created, whether it be the clique or the music all of it makes me feel like I have a second family. You've become a big part in my life and I can't thank you enough or be prouder about how far you have gotten.
I'm sorry this letter is not that great. I hope to meet you some day so I can actually thank you in person. See you July 12th.
I discovered twenty one pilots the summer before I went into the eighth grade. Life was pretty decent and I really didnt listen to their lyrics as deeply as they are intended to be. But soon after, my mom became really sick. she was in and out of hospitals and there were times i was scared that i would never see her again. i fell into a depression and i turned to self harm to cope with my inner demons. as things began to worsen, i listened to twenty one pilots' lyrics more deeply. i began to understand the significance of tyler's words. as i battled with my depression and the worry i had for my mom, twenty one pilots was what was there for me. Their lyrics have saved me so many times and i could never thank them enough for all they do for me. my mom began to get better luckily as i entered high school. last year was an extremely rough time for me. i was verbally abused and cheated on and my trust issues just piled up and my depression worsened again. i felt absolutely worthless and turned to self harm. Again, tøp was the only hope i had to help me through it all. When the quiet became too violent, i'd turn on twenty one pilots and think about the other mutant kids out there who were dealing with their own demons, too. and realize that i wasnt alone. There are others in this constant battle with themselves and that if they could make it through the day, then so could i. now i sit here in the tenth grade, slowly but surely getting better. i was lucky enough to see tøp on the blurryface tour in philly. and i couldnt be more thankful. i love this band and all that they stand for so much. and i wouldnt be here today if it werent for tyler and josh. i've been devoted to them since they were playing small venues. and i'm here now to see them at madison square garden on the emøtiønal røadshøw tour. i owe tyler and josh everything. and i hope one day that i can tell them how much they mean to me. tyjo and jishwa, if you ever see this, thank yøu for letting me know that life has a hopeful undertone when i saw no purpose in seeking happiness. |-/
October 15, 2015.
The first time I saw Twenty One Pilots in concert. And yes, I am writing this at approximately 12:47 AM on October 16, 2015.
I somehow managed to have front row seats at this concert which was so unbelievably amazing. I could see the emotion on Tyler's face and every beat on Josh's drums. My friends and I were given pit tickets during the set but we didn't want to miss a single second of it so we never acted on the tickets. We were close enough anyway and we'd have only been a little bit closer. Before tonight, I had only vague ways I related to the songs I loved the most. But, tonight I became so physically and mentally engrossed in each word, line, and song that the true meaning and emotions I felt for them came rapidly rising to the surface. Crying and immense public displays of emotion never have come easily to me, but during "Goner" and "Trees" in the encore, I cried. Those songs gave me the biggest view into my past of how I've stayed alive through everything not so great that's happened. I've always turned to music when I needed support. Tonight was a massively important representation of that. Tyler and Josh always gave me a way to express what was going on inside my mind through their music. I could sense the utter appreciation they have for all of us.
Tyler and Josh, I'd like to tell you that I am so grateful to you. You've helped me get over and get through lots of things. I can genuinely say that tonight was one the best nights of my life. Tonight will be something that I will remember for a long time after.
THANK YOU. FROM THE WHOLE OF MY BEING.
So much love,
Thinking about it, I've known about Twenty One Pilots for about 2 years. I live in Indiana for most of the year, but I'm in Florida for parts of it. Our neighbor in Florida knows Josh and Tyler really well, as he went to the same church as them in Columbus and his son would play drums with Josh. Last week, we were down in Florida and our neighbor asked me if I wanted to go see them and of course I said yes (duh). So we flew to Orlando and we met up with them before the show, which was pretty surreal, but I wish I could go back and talk to them more because I was so certain I was dreaming I wasn't really paying attention to reality in that moment. They were so nice and were really cool with getting pictures and everything. We saw their concert after and I can say without a doubt in my mind it was the best concert I have ever been to and the best one I will ever go to. I want to thank them for this amazing experience as I know it will be one I will never forget.
Hi, my name is Jay, I'm 15 years old and Twenty One Pilots seem to have found their way into my life and I've grown to love them and their music.
Dealing with what I am isn't easy but tøp defiantly helped me find my way. When I'm feeling down I'll listen to Twenty One Pilots and the music will make me feel better, makes me feel like my happy self again. I think my silence has started to be broken.
I'm slowly overcoming my blurryface and the people around me couldn't be more happier and neither could I. I'd just like to thank you guys, Tyler and Josh, for making the music you do because without it I don't know where I'd be right now.
The boys have helped so many people and I'm glad to be one of them, I hope one day I'll be able to tell them face to face.
Stay alive friends |-/
This isn't an easy story to tell, I've been trying to forget most of it for a long time instead of facing it head on. Twenty one pilots helped with that.
I first heard a twenty one pilots song (none other than holding onto you, the only song to continuously be my favourite for almost 3 years) in January 2013 when Vessel came out in the UK. I had just lost my best friend to suicide in December 2012 and my whole life had flipped completely on it's head. It meant I was suddenly left with a lot more free time on my hands that I didn't know what to do with which often led down a dark route of depressing thoughts in a mind that couldn't deal with any of it anymore. Losing my best friend, the only person I felt truly cared for me, was the cherry on the cake and I decided to end my life too. And after a month of retreating into myself and avoiding almost everyone as much as physically possible I finally set a date and then I heard Holding Onto You for the first time and I just broke into tears and realised what I was doing and called the person I should've talked to a long time ago but avoided. For the next year, I spent every minute of my free time with my headphones in absorbing their lyrics and understanding my own pain which I'd never really done before.
Fast forward to 2015 and tickets to their show had all sold out for May just like they had for their November 2014 shows and I was devastated because nothing would've meant more to me than seeing and meeting the people who kept me going for 2 whole years when I thought I couldn't on my 18th birthday. Thankfully, I had an amazing friend who surprised me by taking me to the show without telling me and the whole experience made me the happiest I had ever been in my whole life, the hugs from the guys, the people in the clique that let me move in front of them cause I was too small for life, holding tyler's hand during holding onto you and then holding his drum and getting water all over me and the whole experience has kept me going ever since.
Thanks to you two (+my amazing best friend), I have been clean from self harm for almost 6 months, I haven't even thought of suicide all year. In two weeks I see you again at two shows and I can't even contain my excitement. Ever since I saw you both in May my life picked up majorly and I'm more determined than ever to keep it up. I wish I could do something more to show my appreciation but for now...thank you twenty one pilots, for giving me hope, but most of all, thank you for helping me stay alive |-/