So, two years ago today I discovered kpop via Donghae (though I didn’t know who he was at first). Last year, on 10/12, I wrote up a post about getting into kpop/etc and I thought I’d do it again this year (here’s this year’s Donghae Day gif post, in case you missed it). Last year, H and I hung out and we’re doing the same this year (including going out for dinner and drinks). Donghae Day is literally a thing now, so much so that it’s on my calendar.
I’ve never been big on anniversaries because I’m bad at dates. I’m forever forgetting when exactly I got into cycling (except that it was in 2003 and that’s a period in my life I’d rather just move on from), for example. So this is really the first time that I’ve had evidence of the exact moment in time that I discovered kpop. It started with Donghae and slid into Super Junior before I eventually realized how big the world of kpop (and eventually Asian pop) was. I know, it’s kind of ridiculous, but that’s the kind of person I am.
The main reason I think that celebrating Donghae Day is important (to me) is because it has changed my life in ways I didn’t actually realize until they’d already happened. H and I were friends prior to my getting into kpop, but I ended up dragging her into and we’ve become super close friends. And this year I’ve added some new friends, including another really close friendship (with J).
Sure, my coworkers (and family and some of my friends) find it weird that I love kpop (and, tbh, pop culture in general), but I’ve stopped caring. I love it and it makes me happy. Last year, it was all about Big Bang, Running Man and Yoga Lin (all of which I still love, especially Yoga) and this year it’s kpop (like BAP, Speed and Block B, who might be my actual favorites but it’s still too early to call) and khiphop (Crucial Star, man, but also so much more).
Next year, who knows? But, god. I can’t believe it’s been two years. TWO YEARS! Where did the time go? I’m lucky to have found such great friends and pretty fun music, too (tbh, the friends are probably the best part). So, you know, here’s to another year! No regrets, y’all. NO REGRETS.