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Dedication In The Form Of A Broken Ankle

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Here is a picture of Chester Bennington – lead singer for the band Linkin Park. This was taken on stage, at a show in Indianapolis recently. For anyone who knows anything about Chester, they know he’s full of energy. He’s like the hamster on the wheel, or the three-year-old who’s had too much sugar – there’s no slowing him down when he’s on stage. Linkin Park shows are packed with emotion and energy, strongly propelled by Mr. Bennington.

Chester, however, and, maybe more appropriately, ironically, is no stranger to accidents. Broken bones, and open wounds – its par for the course for Mr. Bennington. But, in this case, when I saw and heard that Chester had broken his ankle, I didn’t have the knee-jerk reaction of, “Oh, he’s broken something else. Poor guy.” No, this time, my reaction was one of respect, and a reflection over what it means to be dedicated. This isn’t the first time Chester has played a show with a broken limb. A few years back, he broke his wrist while on stage, yet continued on, only to go to the emergency room after. This man is dedicated, and looking at photos and reading reports about his latest testament to this, I felt compelled to write about it.

So often I find an excuse to wiggle out of my responsibilities. Be they work duties, or just needing to vacuum the living room on my day off, it can be tempting to make an excuse or find a reason why I can’t complete task A, B, or C. I know one of my favorite rationalizations is, “I’m too busy” or “I’ve been working so much, I deserve some down time.” And so begins my excuses. Most of the time, I believe it. I convince myself that yes, I am too busy. Or that working hard over the past week entitles me to be completely slack about the housework or my writing. What starts off as a simple excuse or product of being tired, quickly becomes laziness.

 Laziness. It’s the demon that lurks behind our minds and pounces on us at our weakest moments. It feeds reasons and excuses into our ears, and sadly, sometimes it convinces us. I know I allow it to happen way too often.

But then the voices of Progress, Responsibility, and Dedication throw in their two cents. They don’t whisper or scheme like Laziness. They yell. They slap me over the head and bring me to my senses. That moment of, “What am I doing?” hits, and from there I feel refreshed – ready to start over again.

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(Chester on stage in his cast)

Now, to my list of motivators and inspirations, I will be adding Chester Bennington. I already admire him for his amazing singing voice and creative spirit, but it is his dedication that I will be musing from today, and for many days to come. Such dedication is a rarity in our world, and I don’t desire to follow the crowd on that front. I want to be the minority. I want to be the kind of person who has the dedication to play the show, even with a broken ankle.

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4 comments on “Dedication In The Form Of A Broken Ankle

  1. I was at the show in Indy on Sunday 1/18/2015 – Chester was wonderful, the Band was wonderful together, the show was great. It was obvious he was in pain yet he just did his job, professionally. I was also impressed by his band mates, I don’t know how they get along off the stage, but there was real compassion showed towards Chester, maybe even some jibes at his expense but that’s how brothers act. The show was fabulous, all around one of the best shows I’ve seen but I am and always have been a fan. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chester learned from this hopefully short term disability as inspiration and as a means to get closer to his fans who are handicapped. Thank you Linkin Park!

    • How awesome that you were there! I have no doubt that show was wonderful in its own right because of the situation. I’m sure Chester and his band mates had just as much camaraderie off stage as they did on. They seem to get along quite well, and have known each other long enough to call each other, as you said, “brothers”. Thank you for your comment and unique glimpse into how the show went 🙂

  2. I was at this show as well, and to my amazement seeing him up on stage doing his best with the injury made the show that much better. The best part was the crowd kept the energy level up for the band from start to finish. It took me by surprise seeing Chester take the stage on crutches. Though i feel they made the best of the show it was weird not seeing Chester run around the stage and jumping off things like he normally does. I also one hundred percent knew it killed him that he couldn’t go do the run way that was set up into the pit though it was really nice to see him do it at least once right at the end of the show. All and All it just shows how much Linkin Park respects their fans and their commitments, it was also nice seeing them include the other members of the tower in some capacity other than them playing their sets and going back to the tour buses and sitting around doing not much of anything. All in all great show and glad i was able to make it over to Indianapolis to see them live for the second time in 6 months.

    • That was one of my thoughts too, that it must have been killing Chester to not be able to run around and do all his jumps and high energy norms in general. But I think it’s fantastic that the show came off as well as it did despite that, and that everyone pitched in to make it happen. Fans included.

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