When I woke up this morning and scrolled through my phone I saw the common headline everyone else was seeing: “Christina Grimmie shot and killed at 22.” At first, I didn’t believe it. It just didn’t seem real, but I knew it was too morbid to be a rumor.
When I noticed all of social media was flooded with the news of her death, I began feeling sick.
I have been watching The Voice for years, and turning to Christina’s covers on YouTube. I watched her journey on The Voice from beginning to end where she received 3rd place, but was just as talented as any other winner.
I remember being 15 and feeling on top of the world when my grandparents gave my cousin and I tickets to see The Voice Tour. The talent, and the overall sound that filled the room brought me to unexpected tears falling fast from my eyes.
So today, that is what brings me the most shock. Almost 3 years ago, I saw her in person. She was so close to me, and I was able to hear her perform live.
She was just a past YouTuber, brand new to the music industry. She was living her dream, traveling the country, and signing autographs when everything was cut short for her.
Besides the shock of losing a celebrity, her death has brought heartaches to so many in the world because she was more than her talent and her fame. She was a person. She had childhood memories, favorite foods, a loving family, friends, and fears like any other person. She was still growing up, and just beginning to live.
Those who follow her know of her infectious personality, and goofy sense of humor. If anything, she has taught me to be myself. Be goofy, be all that you are, and do not care one bit what you look like as long as you are having fun.
It is absolutely disturbing for me to grasp how many deaths by shootings occur each year. Any factor with: Impulsive decision, mentally unstable, under the influence, and holding a weapon can create a wound on the world, and take away innocent lives.
I try to avoid publicly speaking about politics as much as possible, however I will not hold back by saying I have strong opinions when it comes to gun control.
Guns are scary, and the way people use guns is scary. Guns can be a strong use of protection for our country, however they are also misused by many.
Today, we lost a beautiful angel with a voice that empowers your heart and soul. It is easy to become angry and devastated with all of this chaos and tragedy in the world. It is okay to pause at times and question, but we must keep going.
Those with strong opinions about gun control should speak up about it. Each year, innocent lives are lost for many reasons, but a well-known media covered factor is the focus of public shootings.
With most crimes committed, the criminal has a high chance of suffering a mental illness. Despite the reasoning behind these crimes, there are many issues that follow that need to be talked about.
Where do we go from here?
When a tragedy occurs we tend to take 3 large steps back. We want to believe that the world is a terrible place, life sucks, and we should be afraid.
But this is how I am looking at it:
Christina Grimmie’s death is leaving many in such denial because she had such a powerful and lively spirit that is unbelievable to imagine gone. If we want to take a different perspective from the shock of her death, I believe we should honor the energy she presented us. We should smile more, we should laugh often, we should make goofy faces, embrace our inner goofball, and dedicate our lives to what makes us happy.
We should fill the world with the positive energy that was lost. Any positive outlook, decision, or impact we choose to create in our day-to-day lives will be small steps working towards big changes in making the world a better place.
Any goal or positive impact we display from here, will be stronger than any tragedy.
Christina used her voice to reach hearts. You do not need to sing to use your voice in a positive way too.
RIP Christina Grimmie. The appreciation and support of your music will never end.
A Boston social work student, using writing for healing. Sharing the peaks and valleys of an empath's mental health journey.