“Sometimes, we gain. Sometimes, we lose.”
There is no right way to grieve. But there are certainly more effective ways than others.
This week’s guest assures us of just that.
After losing his mother suddenly to a heart attack at the tender age of 22, Mark Allen, Jr. – or as we affectionately refer to him, “June” – was left devastated.
“I was shocked. Numb. Mad. Confused,” he tells us, recounting his experience of being the last person to see his beloved mother alive. “I felt like my heart was gone.”
June explains that the time immediately following his mother’s unexpected passing was the most difficult to bear. At just 22, he was embarking on a new journey through adulthood - on the precipice of the exhilarating and, at times, daunting, changes that greet so many of us at such an age.
But for June, he was doing it all without his mother.
“At first, it was very hard,” he affirms. June, though – resilient in spirit and determined to remain positive - found peace in both music and prayer.
“I found myself an outlet. I chose to live,” he says, reminding us of the startling truth that so many others don’t. “Now, I’m trying to inspire others that have been in the same situation to choose to live, too.”
June combines his devout faith in God and his musical inclinations to help inspire others along this same path. He uses the power of song to remind others to have faith in something – especially one’s own strength – in order to continue moving along it. And with lyrics like, “it keeps going on, so just keep living,” referring to the cycle of life, it’s hard not to do just that.
His song, “On Life,” which June wrote, sang, and arranged himself, serves as both an ode to his mother’s legacy, and an anthem empowering anyone and everyone to propel themselves forward. You can find it on Spotify and Apple Music, and can hear it in this week’s video episode highlighting June’s powerful message.
Tune in to June’s episode on Wednesday, July 3rd, to hear his catchy and resonant song, and learn more of his empowering story. With a loving soul, a gentle disposition, and a pervasive energy, he will surely leave everyone he meets – and everyone who heeds his advice - with a little more hope.