"When I was growing up, I didn’t really know much about being popular or cliques or anything like that. In elementary school and middle school, you start to kind of realize what it’s all about. There are cool kids, and then there’s you, and you’re just trying to figure out where you fit in. I learned a lot about acceptance and rejection, those are the themes that you’ll find spread throughout my music and weaved in throughout all of the lyrics. I really know what it’s like to be accepted, and I also know what it’s like to be rejected. And those are lessons I learned in Wyomissing."
I’m most scared by the thought of prolonged, perpetual unhappiness, and of unfulfillment. I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about. It’s not that I live in a delusional fantasy where I’m just smiling every day. I definitely feel pain, but there is also this need to be grateful for what I’ve been given.
Good memories can leave even more of a mark or a scar on your heart as the bad times, and the bad memories, and the slamming doors, and the fights. So when I say that I write about things that haunt me, they’re not always about bad ghosts. I think you can have a lot of ghosts that you’re carrying around with you. Sometimes you wish you could forget the good times even more than the bad times because you just keep replaying the things you remember all too well.”