On February 7, 2015, Kid Cudi stopped by his former high school in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he delivered an inspiring message about youth, ambition, and persistence.
“At one point I didn’t feel like I was smart enough to pass that test, or I didn’t feel like I was smart enough to go this college,” Cudi told students. “With music it was like, nobody’s going to take that from me.”
For about 19 minutes, Cudi recalls how music gave him a means to find himself and show the world “what Scott can do.”
“There was things that I was dealing with as a youth at this school that I didn’t talk to people about, that probably kept me from putting my best foot forward with my academics,” he shares. “The music was a platform for me to express myself and also realize that I’m not that crazy, that there’s other kids out there that might be depressed or lonely, dealing with suicide, things like this.”
He closes with one poignant piece of advice.
“One thing I want you to take from this is that we are all the commanders of our own destiny,” he says, later adding, “It’s scary, but if you believe and if you want it, and if you want to work hard enough for it, it can be so. Cause there’s no difference from me and you . . . We can all win.”
Watch the speech in its entirety above.
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1. Lady Gaga once told Billboard about her depression, “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life. I just want these kids to know that this modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That’s not human.”
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2. Adele once admitted that anxiety attacks keep her from playing large festivals and arenas.
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3. Jennifer Lawrence once revealed that she suffered from social anxiety as soon as she started school.
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4. Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab in October for depression and suicidal thoughts.
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5. Lena Dunham is often open about her anxiety and OCD, once saying, “To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did.”
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6. After a stint in rehab for anorexia, bulimia, and cutting, Demi Lovato discovered that she was manic depressive/bipolar. She told People, “I feel like I am in control now, where for my whole life, I wasn’t in control.”
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7. Kanye West reportedly felt suicidal after the death of his mother in 2007.
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8. Zayn Malik’s anxiety is often so crippling, it’s caused him to cancel shows.
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9. Britney Spears knows a thing or two about social anxiety, saying, “I’m not good in large groups, I just make everything awkward.”
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10. The Rock talked to Oprah about his depression, saying, “I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be okay. It’ll be okay.'”
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11. Kerry Washington once spoke about her depression and unhealthy relationship with food and exercise in college, saying, “I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health.”
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