I met Brenda Hughes in Austin in November 2013. Everything about her struck me, from her eyes, to her tattoos, to her ability to drop Bible quotes like a boss, to her immense, radiating kindness to, of course, her incredible story of resilience.
I stay in touch with about 95% of the people who have been a part of Live Through This. When we meet, we're not just talking about suicide, about how we each fought through our own sea of darkness. That's an entry point, a place of mutual understanding between survivor and artist(/survivor). We talk about life, about what happens after. We laugh. We're fast friends.
Brenda writes these amazing stories on Facebook—little anecdotes about her life. She ends every single one with, "I love you, I need you," to remind her people that they are worthy, that they are valued, that they are necessary, that they're not alone. Because we all forget sometimes. Sometimes we need a reminder, a spark of light, a nod of understanding, a Brenda.
Dec 5, 2015