How I’m Picking Up the Pieces
By Tracy Morgan
Editor’s note: On May 21, 2016, I had the privilege of attending Tracy Morgan’s very first return appearance to the stage at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, following his tragic near-death automobile collision two years ago. What a remarkable comeback! His message of gratitude for a second chance at life, being a proud new father, a faithful husband and an against-all-odds return to live stand-up comedy had the audience laughing, tearing up and cheering. So, rather than report further, we thought you’d rather read Tracy’s own words…*
Hey guys. It’s Tracy Morgan. As you probably know, I’m back. And you know what? I’m ready to start being funny again.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve used comedy to deal with anything that’s come my way. I figure it’s why God gave me my sense of humor. After all, if you don’t laugh, you’re going to cry.
So I decided to go back on tour. Even after everything I’ve been through, all those hardships, I knew it was time to go out there and feel the pulse of the people. And being back on that stage again? Ah, man, it’s like the first day I lost my virginity. Just incredible. It’s like a rebirth.
I remember when I stepped up on that stage during the Emmys last September, my first appearance since everything that happened. Oh, man, it was emotional. But at the same time, I wanted to let my family know that I was back by being funny. Because, to me, that’s the important thing. It was a moment that I’ll never forget in my life. To see L.L., Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart…see all the people that I love in the game. They were welcoming me back. They were welcoming me home.
Now that I’m on the road, I’ve gotten back to my usual structured routine. To me, there’s nothing worse than living in chaos. I refuse to have that. Not at this point. That’s why I’m so grateful to have my family with me on the road. They keep me grounded. I’m a family man first; I’m a husband and a father above everything. Just seeing my wife and daughter every day has reminded me of what’s important and what’s really not. Keeps things in perspective.
I know that lots of you might be going through hard times right now, but remember one thing: Tough times don’t last, tough people do. In my opinion, you’ve got to either get busy living, or get busy dying—and I tell everybody to get busy living! Take it from me—I almost lost my life, and it’s too precious. You’ve got to live your life to the fullest. Don’t just follow your dreams, start living them.
I just want to finish this up by letting all you fans know that I love you all. I can’t wait to come to a city near you and give you that real ‘Tracy Morgan’ flavor. This tour, it’s the experience of my life. So let’s pick up the pieces!
See Tracy Morgan in a city near you… Get tickets to his tour, Picking Up the Pieces, at www.tracymorgan.com/tour
*Tracy Morgan originally wrote this letter to WhoSay.com. It is reprinted here with permission.