After sharing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Perry noted what helped him get through dark times.
“What I realize now, looking back on all those dark times, is sometimes the pain is a buy-in,” he said. “I know that’s hard to understand. Not all the time, sometimes, the pain is a buy-in. That’s the way I had to learn to look at it to get through it.”
“What I mean by that is, all that pain, all of that hell, all of that struggle, if I had given up, if I had stopped, I wouldn’t have seen the better part of my life,” Perry further explained. “So I was buying into something. I was paying for something. I know that doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. But for me, it was the way that I was able to rationalize it, to be able to move through the pain—knowing that if I could just get through this moment and get through this moment, there’s got to be something better.”