In January of 2011, I came across Christina’s cover of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. The discovery led to an abrupt shift in my perception of the world. She inspired me to strive to rid myself of the bitterness and anger that had been instilled in me in the 14 years I lived at that time. In the coming months, and then years, she remained the only consistent and positive thing in my life through health struggles and mental illness.
I truly don’t know where I would be right now if I never had her. I don’t wish to think about who I would be. That person is far less kind and compassionate than the person Christina turned me into. Words are far too limited for me to accurately express how grateful I am for what she has brought into my life. Everything good I have, I owe to a tiny nerd with a powerful voice sitting behind a keyboard on my computer screen.