One of the most memorable conversations that I had with my parents back in those treacherous formative years of high school was about the concept of happiness. They said something that I still remember vividly to this day; "Being happy is a choice. You have to choose to be happy." As I became older, I realized that sometimes that choice can be very hard to make, if not impossible. I spent years trying to choose to be happy every day, and failing.
Rapper Kid Cudi has opened the floor to a conversation that rarely happens within the black community, but needs to become a mainstay, about happiness. His next album "Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin'" is currently delayed due to "sample clearance issues". But, in the midst of all that, he released an eye-opening open letter on his Facebook page.
He announced that he had admitted himself into rehab for "depression" and "suicidal urges".
At the end of the letter he signed off with:
"I love you,
This letter shows that Kid Cudi has such an incredible love and respect for his fans. Most celebrities would just dip out from the spotlight without a word to anyone if they're going through something so personal, but Kid Cudi's heart is open enough to let the world have a peak inside.
There was an overwhelming flood of support from artists of all genres of music like Tegan and Sara, Pete Wentz, and Wiz Khalifa.
It saddens my heart to see such an influential artist as Kid Cudi in such a dark place, and to be there stuck in it for so long. But, he has opened up the conversation that sometimes the road to happiness is more than just a choice. It's a mountainous pursuit. Sometimes you need a little help to get up that mountain.
I have faith that Kid Cudi has the strength to get to the happiness that he deserves and gets all the help that he needs.
Thank you Kid Cudi for opening up the conversation and I wish you a speedy recovery.