Melony McGee, from Houston, Texas overcame so many hardships in life. She was only a member of Building Beyond Me briefly, but in that time, I'm honored to have had the pleasure to get to know her a little bit. We exchanged many messages, and if you'll bear with me, I'll quote a few things she said to me:
"I think it's why I went through what I went through. To gain compassion."
"Ryan....I know this for sure.
There is no light without darkness. Into every life some rain must fall.
It's HOW we walk through the storm that matters."
"I believe in the universe deeply."
"There is always more to us all if we were transparent as we should be."
"Firstly...being a suicide survivor of 3 very serious attempts....I can say with conviction...you are not the decider of your fate in terms of ending your life. It's not in your hands. And secondly...only people that have not yet come to the conclusion that WE ARE ALL THE SAME AND ARE DIRECTLY CONNECTED still hide. And don't be sorry. I'm not. I was not successful nor could I be. However the experience has allowed a veil to be removed from my eyes...almost from my being. Yes it's scary, but so is getting outta bed. So is walking out the front door each day..so is talking like this. If we allow what we're afraid of to dictate any damn thing..we just can't..."
Melony's tagline was indicative of the person she was and is:
The story Melony posted for the public to read follows:
Hi my name is Melony McGee. I am a homeless survivor. I became that way after being laid off Christmas of 2015. I spent all of 2016 living in my car. It was tough. Really tough. I was able to complete my first year of culinary school while living in my car. That took guts. I learned a lot about myself and about people. Today I live in a small place and am off the streets. However my car just recently died on me and I'm in desperate need of another on. Nothing fancy at all just to get back and fourth to this AWESOME NEW JOB I just got. It starts at the end of June and I'm panicked. I don't want to be homeless Ever again. I just want to get back on my feet,start working and push forward. I'm starting to feel good about myself again and need that to continue! Please help me out. Thank you for listening.
In keeping Melony's memory alive, her account is now managed by her fiancé, George.