WARNING: LONG POST ABOUT A CARAT’S LOVE FOR SEVENTEEN. IT’S THEIR ANNIVERSARY AND THE FEELS ARE JUST TOO MUCH
I never thought this would happen.
I never thought I would just ‘Slip into the Shining life’
I never thought I would be a Carat.
I fist discovered Seventeen with Adore U, their debut. But at that point I had only joined the kpop fandom for a few months and only liked older groups. I thought ‘how can someone Stan young groups?’ And so many of them…. I just learnt the names of Exo and Super Junior, how will I learn them too?!’
So I just left it there.
But then…. Mansae came out… And that’s how it all started.
Well I immediately fell in love with Woozi.
I got interested in him, started reading about him about all his hard work and BAM I found myself accidentally learning all of their names. In fact, Mansae became of e of my FAVORITE songs ever. But I didn’t Stan yet. Yet, I told myself that if I love the next comeback I will Stan.
And so pretty u came out and i thought… oh i dont like this (well not really).
The music video was just absolute nothing and I was so disappointed. But soon, I saw the live showcase and realised…. I love, love, LOVE 'Pretty U’. It’s such a great song. It’s just that that bad music video engulfed the song, depriving us of its goodness.
And thus I became a Carat.
And soon Very Nice came out,
then Boom Boom and with Boom Boom came one of my FAVORITE albums… Ever.
And now Don’t Wanna cry came out, with an album that I will I will love more than the going Seventeen one
(In fact, everyone in 17 is my bias. Woozi is THE bias but the other 12 are biases. yes, it does sound weird.)
Anyway, enough about my journey.
So what is it about seventeen that makes them so special?
And honestly it’s everything.
The vocals are fantastic, the rap is great, the dances epic and the personalities…. Even more amazing!
These members aren’t content with okay. They aren’t content with just knowing a specific skill. They are always willing to learn, improve, strive forward.
You would think that the hip hop unit would remain simply well… Hip hop. They would rap and dance. However, not this hip hop unit. This hip hop unit also works hard on their singing skills. We heard them all sing, we heard them all improve and even in their latest title track, Vernon and Scoups are singing. They participate in writing lyrics, in telling their own stories and emotions and in this sense they participate in communicate with the fans and generally everyone willing to listen. They are making mixtapes too
This is the Hip Hop Unit
(and this is also our hip hop unit)
You would think the performance unit is called that because all they can do is dance. Nop. This performance unit works on so many other things. All can sing,mother youngest can also rap, while the two Chinese members keep improving their Korean, writing lyrics and even having their own song. You’d think that they are just execute a nice choreo sent to them by someone. Well, the choreography leader works hard to also help create the choreography, creating key points and amazing dances with Input from others.
You’d think the vocal unit would say, ok we debuted. We are also very passable so let’s just stay this way. No man the improvement is tremendous. I’m just two years this vocal unit has done the unimaginable. Yes, Seungkwan and Seokmin were always the strongest members vocally but even then, now they are heavenly. Jeonghan and Joshua who were the least… Impactful in the unit in terms of vocal strength now have amazing high notes, they try falsettos and all that amazing stuff.
And woozi is being Woozi. Producing and writing album after album, hit after hit without complain. They sing heartbreaking songs with such strong emotions tart even if u do not share the same experiences you will still fell what they feel. You be a boyfriend? Well their songs will make you want to call your imaginary ex.
And when you put all those members together you get Seventeen. An absolutely amazing group that creates amazing songs.
Their journey didn’t start easily with them coming from an almost bankrupt company at that point. Their debut just kept being changed and pushed back. And I cannot even imagine how much stress that must have given these young boys.
I do not want to imagine how much they must have suffered thinking that they are not good enough to debut. I do not want to imagine the hell Pledis put them through, the punishments, the diets etc.
I don’t not want to imagine how difficult it was for them to not only live with such emotions but not have family right next to the, to cry.
But in spite or because of these hardships Seventeen debuted as such humble people,
as such hard working young men and most importantly as a team. They continue to aim making people super happy.
And I hope that they too are super happy.
I hope that they are healthy and that they keep loving what they do.
I hope they can communicate and deal with their issues together.
I hope their tears are now tears of joy
It must be so difficult. They are 13 people who always have to see each other. One gets tired of seeing their family so imagine in this case. But it seems like they all have their feet on the ground and can work together. It seems like their experiences made them into one big family that survives together
(although they might be a bit too chaotic… RIP trophy)
And I hope that none of them feel any certain burden by themselves. It’s so painful to know the pressure they are in and all the stress they go through. It’s painful to think about the stress the three unit leaders have to go through. The hip hop leader being the overall leader, Hoshi’s choreography has to be on point and addictive and woozi has to stay put with all the writing and all the producing, feeling as if it is his songs that will make or break not simply his own career, but also the career of 12 other people.
And while they don’t want to share the burden with Carats in order not to hurt us, i feel like it would be easier to share.after all, many supporting and splitting the burden is easier than for one person to have the whole stress buffet.
The members are hopeful there for each other and we, though not directly, are here for them too. Whether it is by attending a concert, buying their albums or simply by listening to their stories and music we hope to show Seventeen that we are here for them, that we love and cherish them.
Seventeen always talks about how they feel like they have to return the fans
Love and how they feel like they haven’t yet. But I feel like it’s the opposite. I feel like we Carats want to return the love they give us instead. After all, they work so hard for Carats, making amazing pieces of art. They keep talking about just how much carats mean to them but they have no idea just how much they mean to us.
I laugh with Seventeen, I cry with Seventeen, I worry with Seventeen.
Seventeen has truly impacted my life.
These 13 amazing, beautiful, talented guys have proven themselves in unimaginable ways.
I hope that they realise just how much they mean to us. Just how happy they make us daily be it through their music, Instagram post or just knowing that Seventeen exists, even though we probably don’t deserve a group as humble and as fantastic as them.
They don’t deserve the world.
No they deserve so much more. Not even saying ’ they deserve the universe’ see,s to be enough.
So Seventeen happy anniversary. Keep growing, be healthy, both physically and mentally. Keep improving, keep doing what makes you happy.
And just know that we Carats are right here. We might not be able to always wipe your tears but we will try our hardest to always do so.
We might not be able to physically help you stand, to lend you a hand but we will always try to do so in other ways.
We might not be able to always help relieve your stress, your pain, your fears but we will always try our hardest to show our presence and to show you that you do not have to be perfect for us. That we love you just like that. To us you are already perfect.
Once again, happy anniversary Seventeen.
I never thought this would happen.
I never thought I would just Slip into the Shinning life.
I never thought I would be a carat.
But I will be forever grateful that I did.
Thank you for reading.
P.S. none of the gifs are mine! Credit to the original owners!
Also let’s give Seventeen a win(if not more) with this amazing comeback!