„If I am good enough for God, I should be good enough for me“
Vor 30 Jahren, am 27. August 1990, starb der legendäre Blues-Gitarrist Stevie Ray Vaught im Alter von 35 Jahren bei einem Helikopterabsturz nach einem Konzert in East Troy (Wisconsin). Vier Jahre zuvor, 1986, hatte sein Leben nach einem Zusammenbruch und dem folgenden Drogen- und Alkoholentzug einen Neubeginn erfahren. Seine Mutter Martha Vaughan veröffentlichte in einem Brief Auszüge aus dem Tagebuch ihres Sohnes:
„God has been very good to me. He is good to all life. The willingness to try to work on my health is another and I am grateful for this opportunity.“ ……….“Altho I can get confused about life and it’s lessons, I can say that I am trying very hard to learn. I can see that I am learning how to care for others and for myself. Slowly sometimes, but surely nevertheless. I can play beautiful music. This is a gift that God has given me and a gift that I do my best to use for good and give it all I have. I am loved by many of God’s children for this, and because it does show that I am trying to grow in this life. God saved me among so many and I must accept that he has a purpose for me. If I am good enough for God, I should be good enough for me. Thank you, God!“
und ein Zitat aus einem Konzert während des Songs „Life without you“
„You know, right now, the most important thing in my life is to make sure you understand that first of all, I thank God I’m alive today. And I mean that. You see, I spent too many years of my life thinking that the big party was the whole thing. It took me quite a while to realize that the real deal is to be able to be enough of a person on your own to know when somebody loves you and cares about you. You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other. Our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That’s to help each other, not hurt each other…and sometimes, to help them, we have to help ourself…so that we’ll know that they’re around in the first place.
You see, it’s a big world out there…there’s enough pain and misery in it without me going around and helpin‘ it out by hurting myself, and consequently, those that care about me. What I’m trying to get across to you is: Please take care of yourself and those that you love…because that’s what we are here for, that’s all we’ve got, and that is what we can take with us.“