Strength isn’t always measured by your ability to heal from an injury or build muscle.
The strongest form of self-recovery can be shown by one’s mental strength to overcome hardship and recreate yourself despite setbacks.
The band Royal Pirates first met ears through YouTube covers that shed light onto viral KPOP hits with a rock band vibe. In 2013, they made their official debut under Universal Music Korea and, through hard work, garnered attention and a loyal fanbase ready to support their idols.
This group is not unfamiliar with hardships as they had lost their original bassist to an accident back in 2004 prior to their debut. The position had later been filled by James Lee, a talented musician of all trades, and he had performed with the band until recently due to an accident that rendered him incapable of playing the music he loved so much.
Think back to a personal hardship that forced you to make life-changing decisions – a broken leg that forced you to stay seated or a damaged system that backed you into a wall. It’s almost as if you’ve been pushed into a room, and you can’t find the light no matter how long you keep searching. It feels like the only star in your sky has died, and the night no longer has that shine.
James felt his strength and character falter because of this accident that created new obligations away from music. It was an unimaginable accident, and anyone could have easily given up.
However, James bounced back. With the help of friends, family, and fans, James is ready to separate himself from struggle and break back into music. On February 12, the former idol started a Kickstarter account asking for help to refuel his dream, and we are more than happy to help.
James is the perfect inspiration for any individual – in the industry or not – to keep trying for a dream even when the unexpected seems to render you incapable. No one – not even fate – can force you to give up a dream as long as you’re willing to fight back.
And that’s exactly what he’s done.
This isn’t simply for a musician who won’t stop fighting; this is an example of how you can challenge the world passed what has been thrown at you. Don’t let the darkness blacken your heart. You can find that light as long as you have the strength to keep searching.
We’re here to support you, James!
We are extremely happy to say that he has already reached his goal, but we don’t want the love to stop there. Love is love, and there is no limit to the amount of help one can give or receive.
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