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Demi Lovato’s performance of “Anyone” at the 2020 Grammy Awards brought me to my knees.
Standing there, in all her honesty—raw, tender, and true. She was asking us to connect with her, with her story, and just hold space for her…and to hear her cry, our cry, for help.
For too long we have all been conditioned to push down our cries, not tell our stories, don’t ask for (or expect) a shoulder to lean on, and not need someone to shine a light for us to find our way.
As an Editor here at Elephant Journal, I’m so proud of the writers who tell their stories and help open the way for all of us to live in our truths, to ask for help, to reduce the stigma of depression, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, and anything and everything else we’ve been bottling up and pushing down into the dark spaces out of shame. Editing here is like a mini therapy session sometimes—full-on ugly crying and tear-soaked shirt collars are part of a day in the life.
I wanted to step up and give Demi Lovato a standing ovation through that entire video. Instead, I thought it best to share with our dear readers. This tender song from her upcoming album, which she recorded in July 2018, just four days before her overdose.
“I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself,” Lovato said. “I listen back to these lyrics and I hear it as a cry for help.”
“If I ever come back, I want to sing this song.”
May this also bring you some peace, love, and light:
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Her own words about this song and what it means to her: