Why One Direction.

Since today is the 7th anniversary of the formation of One Direction, I thought it would be fun to do a positive challenge of asking people, ‘why, one direction?’ What brought you, what kept you around, why did you choose to place affection towards these boys. So that being said, I’m going to start off. 

I tag @softlylirry @stylesmyth @beggingforfics @tomlitsons @marisa-writes @icanseeyourholo and @looselucy 

My story with One Direction began in 2011, when I heard What Makes You Beautiful on the radio and tried to find it everywhere but I had no luck. Until I heard it again and then realized YouTube was a thing. That began my descent to what would turn out to be the longest and most fulfilling 6 years of my life. 

I’ve learned a lot about myself thanks to One Direction; that I easily fall victim to pretty men who can sing, that my determination to learn an album is pretty damn high, and that I can watch their music videos as many times as I can and still find something new to love in all of them. But besides that, I’ve felt that they’ve been a prominent part of me gaining confidence in myself. 

We’ve seen Liam grow from a young boy who used to be bullied to a man that is out there genuinely loving every moment. We’ve seen Harry, who cried over a bad review, become a man who wear flare glittery pants and doesn’t care about what people are saying about him. We’ve seen Niall, who used to be seen as the Irish one grow into himself and slay the entire world with only his guitar and his voice. We’ve seen Louis, who only felt confident in his voice in the last few years, become someone who is releasing an incredible solo record and just out there doing exactly what he wants and how he wants to do it. And Zayn, who is out there doing what he wants. 

They showed me that over time you’re going to grow, you’re going to grow more into yourself, you’re going to learn to laugh at the moments where you fell, or the tweets you sent when you were younger. They showed that over time, it’s okay to be insecure in yourself, but it’s also okay to be proud of yourself, to be confident in your skills. 

They taught me that family is so much more than who you’re related to, it’s the people you love spending time with, it’s the people you find a home with, it’s the people who remind you that whenever you feel a bit lost that they’re going to be there, that you will always belong there. 

One Direction brought me a lot of people, a lot of friends that I will always be thankful for. They brought me inspiration to write and write, and write some more. And truthfully, I don’t know if I’d still be on this site if it weren’t for One Direction and how much I care about them. 

And most importantly, One Direction gave me them, they gave me songs that make me tear up and songs that I can dance around to, they gave me memories that aren’t even mine; crazy costumes, embarrassing falls, countless interviews, bad dance moves. They gave me 6 years that I’ll never get back; money spent, tears shed, induced stress, and drama I never need to deal with again. But really, the best thing they gave me, was them, was the family I found in them. 

I will forever be proud of our boys. 

Happy Anniversary, One Direction, together or apart you will always be a home to me. 

anonymous asked:

For the sake of One Direction's anniversary, me & my mom were talking about them. She came with me to one OTRA concert. She told me that she's been to Michael Jackson's, Madonna's, U2's and many other great people's concerts, but the One Direction's concert was the best concert she's ever been to. She told me that the atmosphere was amazing and the way everyone connected was something that she had never experienced before. She doesnt even like One Direction or their music that much. (1)

anon said:  (2) we also played Drag me down & Harry’s album. This made me miss One Direction even more. I thought i’d share this with you, i have never hear that from my mom before. She also never listens to their music.

me: crying