Back then he was just a boy with the voice of an angel and a dream of making it without the strangling hold on a major record label, and I was a former athlete and then journalist who had just lived my Olympic dream at the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. We were so different but somehow we connected and shared this magical bond. Now here I was ten years later wondering what had happened.
As I sat there listening to song after song, memories of our times together flooded my mind. I looked to the stage at this man who had been such a large part of my life and I didn’t recognize him. What happened to the boy I once knew, so full of life and big dreams? Then all of the sudden he began to sing a new song which literally brought me to tears. The lyrics were so haunting as if he was singing it to me. He sang of a different time and how things had changed, how we really didn’t know one another anymore. I was practically sobbing and had to control myself as to not make a scene. Luckily my seat was in the corner of the theatre where I didn’t bring much attention. My heart sank as the words resonated with what we were experiencing and I realized in that moment that this was the end for us. The chapter was coming to a close and it was time for both of us to move on.
I wanted to get up and leave as soon as the song ended but I couldn’t move. I felt numb and lost in a way. I gazed out at this one man had been such a huge part of my life for the last decade. He was the reason I was still alive I felt. It was his love that saw me through the worst time of my life when I lost my child and didn’t feel I could go on. Now I was being shown that I needed to go on, without him. How would this be possible?