This morning I saw a tweet from @hassanoualy about how he, at 32 years of age, became an A.R.M.Y., or proud BTS (방탄소년단) fan for those out of the know. He shared that he'd written a blog and requested that people check it out, so I checked it out.
Let me say that I found it interestingly inspirational and have, only minutes later, returned to my own blog after a year to share my own story of joining the "fam"-dom.
My journey was not exactly a direct one and tbh is still going. Like many ARMYs the rabbit hole opened to me at a low point in my life. As I peered over the ledge, I'd find myself genuinely smiling, laughing out loud for extended periods of time and inexplicably feeling less alone. I liked that feeling.
I remember remembering the realization that I was a full fledged A.R.M.Y happened during the holidays last year. Prior to that, I'd been familiar with the seven member music group, BTS, for years. I used to have access to Mnet on basic cable and I'd get my kpop fix. They were in my scope of pop culture knowledge, and when I happened to come across a music video on YouTube or a song on Spotify from them, I'd happily check it out and be surprised every single time.( Read more...Collapse )