Not Broken Anymore Because I Got Up

Mikayla Rouse, Staff Writer

Written below are stories from various Markiplier and Jacksepticeye fans. They talk about how Markiplier or Jacksepticeye helped them overcome hardships in their life. These are real stories from people who had their lives changed by a silly, gaming YouTuber. The stories came from fans on Instagram and are great people.

The words that are italicised are lyrics from Blue October’s song “Not Broken Anymore” and the bold italicised words are from Blue October’s song “Fear”.

“Can you tell me that you’re real so I can really know that everything I feel can finally show”

“I was known as the kid that no one wanted to talk to. I had one friend. She helped me through everything. One day, I couldn’t take it anymore. I felt left it out and alone, like no one liked me. So, I cut myself. I am ashamed of that. I thought I would feel better afterwards, but I was wrong. I went to school and told my friend. She was in tears, as was I. After school, we went to her house. She pulled out her Ipad and pulled up YouTube. She typed in ‘Jacksepticeye’ and I was confused. She picked a ‘Reading Your Comments’ video. I could tell this guy was sweet. As the video went on, I began to feel better. His voice was calm, and it made me feel so much better. He was the only one to make me feel happy,” -Anonymous from Instagram

“Some people really do go through serious struggles. A lot of people say my videos help them. It’s really awesome to know that I can help people through that.” -Jacksepticeye

“Today, I don’t have to fall apart”

“I found Markiplier through Tobuscus when they collaborated in a video. I decided to check out his channel. I watched a few videos that looked interesting. I subscribed just before Mark moved to California. He was having his farewell charity livestream. I started watching some of his older vlogs and found about how caring Mark is and how much good he wants to do. When i’d be feeling down or depressed, he’d make me smile, laugh, and feel like people still care about me. Then I found Jacksepticeye. I’d never seen someone be that loud, happy, and uplifting. I subscribed and I don’t regret it. Jack is that dose of happiness and vigor people tend to lack. He got me excited for little things like a sunny day. He made me feel like I was someone important, that I could do anything I wanted as long as I had the desire to make it happen. Markiplier and Jacksepticeye are both great, down-to-earth guys who care so much about their communities.” -Anonymous from Instagram

“I’m really glad that people can see me as a friend” -Jacksepticeye

“Standing next to me, oh, the person I can be is finally here and he won’t back down at all”

“I was going through a rough patch of time when my nephew showed me the Five Nights at Freddy’s video that VenturianTale did. I liked the game, so I decided to search other YouTubers that also played the game. Markiplier’s video made me laugh so hard that I watched his other videos. He made me feel so good, talking about how he feels everyone is important and special. It’s so motivating!” -Anonymous from Instagram

“If I can make you forget about the bad things for even just a second out of the day, then i am really happy about that.” -Jacksepticeye

“I don’t have to be afraid”

“They both have helped me. It was last year that really rocked me. I was friends with this one guy for a few months, and I really liked him. I asked him to an upcoming dance at my school. He said no and began pretending I didn’t exist. I still feel guilty and sad about me. I really hate myself, but their videos help. I felt suicidal a lot last year. When it was getting super bad, I found Mark’s videos and then Jack soon after.” -Kara from Instagram.

“But I can’t stop thinking how you just keep making sense of all that was broken before”

“I’m fairly new to Mark’s channel. I have only been on it for a few months.  Every other thing I do is wrong in my dad’s eyes. The career paths I thought I might want to try, he would make a mockery of my choice and me. Basically, for two years I shut myself away. I was depressed and suicidal. I cut myself. I didn’t believe that life was worth living. The worst part was, no one seemed to notice. I was so sad for so long. My brother was the one who showed me Mark in the first place.I watched his Baking Simulator video first. Then I saw all the vlogs about the charity work. I saw how much he cared. then, I found the various ‘Believe In Yourself’ videos. When I’m feeling down, I watch those. They always make me feel better about myself and my life. He makes me feel like I can do whatever I want, despite my dad constantly shutting me down. I feel empowered.” -Ryann from Instagram

“I don’t have to let the damage consume me”

I spent two weeks gathering these stories and talking to the other fans. Everyone is so supportive of each other and are so kind. Jacksepticeye and Markiplier are both very supportive of each other and their fans, as well. They are communities built on caring qualities, and it is recommended to check their channels out. Thanks for reading. Have a wondrous day!