I’ve yet to read the whole account on why Jessica’s been kicked out of the group, her decision to pursue fashion, putting up her own clothing label, and her possible wedding for next year. But one thing that I clearly understood from the event currently flooding my feeds, is that things have been changing and will continue to change.
I’ve been into K-Pop for five years now. Over the course of the five years, new groups have emerged, old ones have moved away from the limelight, and idols have made many choices which the public, including myself, have sometimes found to be problematic, inspiring, or saddening. Looking at these decisions and relating them to the ones I have made and the ones that I will be making, I realize that they are also battling the same fears and worries that we, ordinary people, do. The society expects us to change, to grow, to move forward. Society expects us to build better versions of ourselves. This entails discovering new passions, following new paths, and creating new dreams. Given this, I think it’s unfair to expect these idols to continue being the same sixteen-year-olds who sang and danced their hearts out on stage, thinking that that was the moment that they have been born for. That it was the fulfillment of all of their dreams, never realizing that as we grow older we give birth to new dreams, be it bigger or simpler ones.
These idols have all made their own lasting marks in this world, their songs, dances, and performances will stay in the hearts of their fans who never left their side. But as human beings, they also want to leave behind tangible marks, vessels that will carry on not only their own DNAs but their life stories. They also want to share their lives with that special person they believe will make the rest of it worth living. The love and appreciation that they have for their fans will remain. After all, they owe some part of their success to these people who’ve continually supported them over the years, the people who helped make this one dream of theirs happen. But they also long to have someone who will make their dreams of having a family come true.
I’m not sure what this post is exactly about or what’s the whole point of it. These are just thoughts evoked by the current issue about Jessica Jung. Just sharing it out there.
Other thoughts relating to this may come to mind in the future.