Apologies that it’s been ages since I’ve written! This post should’ve aired around Thanksgiving, but oh well! You might be asking why are a bunch of handsome looking guys are doing on this post—I’ll get to that! It’s part of why I’m thankful….
Some backstory: I’d been meaning to get into K-pop group BTS’s music last spring when I heard that they took home the Top Social Artist award at the Billboards. I had seen their music video “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” and got my interest piqued, but sadly work took top priority as I had transitioned to a new position and needed to learn the ins and outs pretty quickly. Fast forward to this past October, with work winding down, I finally had time to really listen to them.
The moment I listened to their latest album “Love Yourself”, I was hooked. Hooked doesn’t even describe the breadth and width of what I felt at that moment. I bought the album before that, and the album before that. I watched their videos and performances. I marathoned their variety shows, BTS Run and BTS Gayo. I bought everything I could get my hands on. Their sense of humor, their humility, their love for the ARMYs (as well as the kindness I’ve experienced from fellow ARMYs), and their Love Yourself campaign with UNICEF–what they do and what they embody is just so inspiring and incredible. I fell in love with them so fast and hard because of who they are and the good they’re doing in this world, creating music and promoting love.
Their music, videos, interviews–all their accessible content became this driving force for me to really look at my life and make changes. I had never been so inspired to really “love myself”, the message they proclaim in their recent album.
I used to be really unhappy about my body. I had gone to the doctor that October and she had said that if I wanted to avoid the ailments my parents had suffered and were currently going through (high blood pressure, diabetes), I really needed to make changes. Namely, losing weight. My weight has been a huge issue all my life. I’ve been overweight for most of my childhood but finally got to a healthy weight in college. After graduating and years of working my desk job, I gained it all back and more. At my age, I felt like it was already too late for me to get to that goal weight, and that I would be overweight for the rest of my life. BTS changed me.
Armed with BTS’s music and their music videos on a tablet, I started going to the gym 4-5 a week, sometimes waking at 4:45AM because I was so excited to go and listen to BTS. I started with walking and moved into running (only for a couple minutes), but still it was more than I was ever doing for as long as I can remember. I started equating BTS with that runner’s high, that instant feeling of euphoria and happiness.
I’ve lost 9 pounds so far. I’ve never felt so energetic before. I’m wearing clothes that I thought I would never wear again. I’m eating better and sleeping well. I’m happy.
And it’s all thanks to these 7 guys who make amazing music, work their butts off onstage and on camera, and make me laugh like no else. Thank you RM, Suga, Jin, J-Hope, Jimin, Taehyung, and Jungkook. You’ve inspired me to live a better life and most importantly, to love myself.