this is one of my favorite pictures in the world and i would like to tell you why
this is a person who has battled depression, addiction, alcoholism, and even attempted suicide. dougie poynter fought these problems for years, avoided confronting them, sought comfort in drugs and alcohol, and nearly killed himself in the process. it wasn’t obvious to the public eye despite the fact that he appeared at public events, tv interviews, and gigs. he was able to hide everything so well. he didn’t know how to stop it from getting worse, couldn’t understand why other people didn’t have the same issues he did, until it all came to a head and there was no way to sweep anything under the rug anymore.
i can’t even explain the amount of pride and love i feel when i look at this picture. despite everything, despite losing control and nearly losing his life, he’s happy. he helped himself, he went to rehab, he admitted his problems, he moved in with his best friend and his wife to keep himself in check. he’s won a reality competition, authored 2 childrens books, operates a clothing line, and is the bassist for one of britains biggest pop bands.
he is alive, two years sober, he quit smoking, he’s bought and moved into his own house, he is in a stable relationship with a girl he loves, his relationship with his band mates is better than ever, he is more than okay. and he is proof that no matter who you are, how bad it gets, what happens to you, it’s always possible to get back up and help yourself and survive. he was able to establish stability and control in his life and he is one of my biggest inspirations.