I don’t do drugs. I don’t drink. I’ve never broken the law. I don’t party. I don’t stay out late. I don’t go out at all, for that matter.
I’ve never been to a high school dance. I haven’t dated since the eighth grade. I get good grades. I’m going to a four-year university.
I’m not obsessed with brand names. I don’t throw tantrums when I don’t get what I want. I don’t need much more than the clothes on my back, food in my stomach, a bed to sleep in, and a roof over my head.
I hand-draw fractals for fun.
I am involved at church. I’ve been a family leader for the Confirmation I and II retreat teams.
The thirst is not real.
But, I am a K-Pop aficionado.
Korean language and culture have become part of my identity since the 7th grade. Really. I crave Korean food.
I go to one concert after the next.
I collect A LOT of merchandise: CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, calendars, free character socks, photo cards, posters, light sticks, glow sticks, photo albums, etc etc. You name it. I have matching shoes with one of my favorite idols (as they are called in South Korea). I even have an Alpaccasso just because another of my favorite idols has one.
Heck yea, I am dedicated. Not to mention the hours upon hours I’ve spent watching Korean dramas and television.
Why K-Pop? I don’t know. I really don’t. I became a fan way before Gangnam Style brought the Hallyu wave to America and started the K-Pop craze, and it just kind of….stuck.
Do you even understand what they’re saying? I didn’t, so I learned. After years of looking up translated lyrics and watching English-subbed videos, I can read, speak, and write Korean. *pats self on back*
They don’t even know who you are… Well, Justin Bieber doesn’t know who you are, either. Neither do One Direction, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, etc.
Is it something about the music that’s different? The wacky concepts that the different idol groups come up with with every comeback? The special packaging of the albums? The attention to detail with every music video, performance, and appearance? I’m not sure, but I love it.
I live and breathe K-Pop. I love it passionately, with warm flames that will never cease. I’ve befriended people from different parts of the world because of this one connection that all fans have with each other. People may think I’m crazy, but I tell them it’s a lifestyle.
Go ahead and roll your eyes at me if you will, but I will continue to tell my parents that my future husband is the guy on the poster in my bedroom. And also the dorky one who couldn’t stop laughing in that one video. As well as the one with the deep, sexy, ridiculously charismatic gaze that makes all females swoon. And the super shy one whose eyes change the second music comes on. And the one whose voice is smoother than chocolate.
…….. I’m sure you get the point. Maybe these feelings are those with which only other fangirls (and fanboys!) can relate.
Until next time, enjoy the following gifs. They’re some of my favorites!