A/N: I really needed to write this. I'm sorry if it comes across as cheesy. I really don't care about reviews. I just needed to let it out. I'd just like to dedicate it to every Renthead out there, if you know me or not. Thank you.
It was around 4:00 PM, on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, when I opened my email.
I had just gotten back from a long day of school when I had decided to sit back and spend some leisure time at my box of life aka my computer.
As I scrolled down through my usual list of emails (facebook, myspace, ect), one seemed to jump out at me.
Celebrate RENT one last time... read the subject line.
A "WTF" moment came to me as I opened the email.
And then it hit me.
It was closing. For good.
I immediately logged onto myspace, figuring that most people on my friends list heard the news.
I was correct.
"A part of me died." Read the title of one bulletin.
"They can't do this!" Read another.
I noticed that protest sites were already opening up, getting people to sign petitions.
I wanted to cry. I wanted to scream and just freak OUT. Just spaz. I never get emotional over anything like this…but Rent wasn't anything. It was something. For some people, it's everything.
Just because Rent is ending, does not mean the story has to end. Look around. Life. We have it. Rent had it. Rent will always have it.
I've noticed that many RENTheads can never agree on certain subjects, but I think we can all agree on this:
Rent has touched us. Rent has helped us. Rent has changed us. Rent has even saved some of us.
I've never seen it on stage, nor have I ever seen it in the Nederlander. Does that make anybody in the same situation as I am less of a fan? The answer is no. We've all been introduced to Rent in 525,600 different ways. We've all been emotionally connected in 525,600 ways.
The story does not have to end. We can still share. We can still spread the message, the love, the life, the everything that Rent possesses. I imagine passing this story, this lifestyle, this message, on to my children.
So my main message is this: don't lose hope. Rent will always be there, in our hearts, in our minds.
I get choked up just writing this, and my heart goes out to every single Rent fan who reads this.
Share love, give love, spread love.
Share Rent, give Rent, spread Rent.
No day but today.
It's time now to sing out
Though the story never ends
Let's celebrate, remember a year
In the life of friends.