“The trouble is, you think you have time.”
Today is a day of sadness.
Mindy McCready took her own life this morning – shot herself on the porch of her home, in the same spot where her boyfriend committed suicide just over a month ago. She was 37 years old.
Mindy was born at approximately the same time as me, on the other side of the world, on November 3oth 1975.
I didn’t know that when I first started listening to her music, at the very beginning of her career when we were both only 20. It was a dark time in my life, and her music helped bring me out of it. Since then I have followed the ups and downs of her life, and over the years I came to feel a special connection to her, though I really only got to know her a little bit, personally. I never explained to her what she’d meant to me – out of fear and embarrassment, I guess – and we never got to meet in person. I thought there’d be time for that, later.
When she passed away, years had gone by since we’d had any contact. I meant to write her following David’s suicide, but…well…you think there will always be time, later. Turns out there isn’t.
She led a tumultuous and troubled life, battling many demons – both internal and external. Hopefully that struggle is over now.
Rest in peace Mindy, you’ve earned it – I’ll miss you, and I’ll see you yesterday…