There is no such thing as the perfect being. It would be foolish to waste one’s time searching for perfection. It simply doesn’t exist. Every creature living on Earth has flaws and weaknesses. It is a matter of how we deal with our imperfections that allows us to thrive in this world.
Some call them nine angels. Others rave about nine goddesses. Their beauty is mesmerizing, and their voices resonate like distant church bells on a sunny spring day. When light shines upon them, these girls seem to glow. When they look our way, their gazes force our hearts to skip a beat. We momentarily forget to breathe.
We love these nine girls. They are the idols who captivate us with their harmonious voices and fluid dance motions. However, those who have immersed themselves into the fandom for a prolonged period of time know that we don’t simply adore these girls because they are good entertainers. Sure, they are all very talented and professional, but the cheerful, dorky and carefree side of Girls’ Generation is what compels us to stay and support them. Through their laughter, smiles and supportive nature, we are inspired and encouraged. These girls are constantly giving us hope. They are reaching out to us through simple gestures to tell us that it is okay to make mistakes, that it is okay to be yourself.
They are not perfect, but they are hard working. They make mistakes. That certainly is what makes them real, in the sense that they do not sway from reality. Girls’ Generation has the magical power to make nations scream like crazy fangirls. But despite the fame, fans from all over the world are still able to relate to the girls in one way or another. This is what makes this fandom so special. It brings connection. As we laugh with them on variety shows and feel our hearts swell up in pride as they win awards, SONEs realize that they are not so different from Girls’ Generation themselves. Just because the girls are very famous doesn’t make them inhuman all of a sudden. Even though they are extremely professional on stage, they are really nothing more than normal beings like you and I. This is the amazing part about Girls’ Generation. They know that they are recognized all over the world, but this didn’t force even one of the girls to change who they are. Four years later, these nine girls are still dorks. Four years later, each member of Girls’ Generation is still who they were from the start. They still laugh too loud on stage and zone out when people are talking to them. They are still acting their age and living life at its fullest. Popularity didn’t compel any of the nine to change into someone they are not. Fame means nothing if we lose sight of who we are.
A question that has probably been repeated in our minds at least a few times: Why Girls’ Generation? What makes this fandom so unique and special? What captivates the fans? Sure we can say that these nine girls are extremely talented and amazing entertainers, but that doesn’t stray from the norm. What makes them so loveable is the fact that they are real. They are people that fans can easily relate to because they are just like us. However, when these girls sing and dance, it feels like SONEs are being placed under a spell. It is as if we are in the process of taking part in something phenomenal. But, when the music stops and we watch the girls interact with each other, realization dawns upon us that they can goof around and crack jokes just like we do in our everyday lives. This is one of the many joys a SONE is able to uncover as we immerse ourselves deeper within this fandom. Many people from all over the world regard Girls’ Generation as role models. They are teachers who inspire us to do good things and to be thankful for the life we have. Their polite manners, funny jokes and tight-knit family are things that are not completely out of our reach. In the end, these nine girls are simply people we can aspire to be like. We take their good qualities and learn from their mistakes because no one is perfect. SONEs like Girls’ Generation because they are wonderful entertainers, but we love them even more because of who they are behind the scenes: human.
That is the message that Girls’ Generation wishes to convey. They do not want us to think that they are perfect. Remember, perfection does not exist. In fact, these girls are just as flawed as you and me and everyone around us. On stage, each girl has forgotten her lines, danced the wrong moves and been in the wrong spot. However, this just proves that they are human. When they laugh at each other’s mistakes and joke about them, we are taught that mistakes aren’t anything to be ashamed of. Girls’ Generation wants to tell their fans that no one is perfect and things go wrong. Mistakes are inevitable, but what’s important is that we have the confidence and strength to accept and learn from them. And where did the girls acquire all this from? Confidence is not something that a person is born with. No, it grows and flowers as it is nurtured by the people around us. When Girls’ Generation stands in a circle holding hands, when they embrace one another and support each other in any imaginable situation, this is when confidence flourishes. It feeds off the positive energy radiating from every member and in turn, inspires them to work harder and never give up. By outwardly showing their caring nature, Girls’ Generation is able to establish a sense of self-belief that inspires people all around them. It begins within the SoShibond as a light bestowed deep inside the hearts of each girl. Then as this seed grows, it is projected towards every SONE, encouraging us to have the strength to work hard in order to accomplish anything that we desire. So it is not a wonder that the adoration and thankfulness Girls’ Generation gives to SONEs is so easily reciprocated. In the end, we are just a big community on a journey to helping one another become better people.
Maybe it’s a good thing that perfection does not exist. It gives us a chance to embark on a lifelong journey for self-discovery. Through trial and error and various mistakes, we are slowly finding ourselves. Through Girls’ Generation, I know I have certainly found pieces of myself, and I have learned to accept things about myself. These nine girls don’t ever have to say it straightforwardly. They don’t even have to speak directly to me, but by simply watching them and sharing their joys has allowed me to discover a fraction of my raison d’être. They have given me a reason to smile. They taught me to look out for others around me, and be thankful for every little thing that has happened in life—for better or for worse. Because when I see these nine girls shedding tears of joy or sadness, when I see them chastising one another and then group hugging, I know all that I have invested into Girls’ Generation is worth it. By continuing to support this fandom, I know that Girls’ Generation will never stop fueling me with their hopeful light: a light that gives me the strength to fulfill my dreams, guiding me to never lose sight of who I am because living as someone else just isn’t worth it, especially when life is short.
Hurry, the moment is fleeting. We are only human after all.
Written by: FrozenArctic@SNSDKorean/soshified
Edited by: taengsoshi@soshified, residentbenchwarmer@soshified, bhost909@soshified
Images courtesy of: Heavenly forest, Newsen.com, Tiffany gallery, Soshirang, SM Entertainment, van sosd
Haven’t read one of these in awhile. Great as always!
SONEzero (@SONEzero) said:
Beautiful. I agree with everything said here. Amazing post!!
=’) these kinds of posts remind me why i love snsd so much. thank you for such powerful and meaningful writing!
sangat meyentuh hati
I got nothing to say about tis. This is totally great !!
Girls’ Generation !! Hwaiting !!!!!
i’m so touched while I was reading this post. amazing post there! keep posting more! 🙂
Excellent article Michelle! Thoroughly enjoyed reading that one! Fighting!!
This article totally great! I’m so touched! GIRLS’ GENERATION HWAITING!!!
Hell Yeah!! wonderful post ❤
Note-worthy, the post is great itself but the way you wrote it is spotless too.
And everything you put in there is true; SNSD has flaws, but that’s what we love from them.
SNSD are my 9 genies said:
my thoughts exactly 🙂 SNSD are my role models and more. It’s kind of funny, but Seohyun’s little lecture/example from Dangerous Boys about having motivation/goal about something to wake up on time each morning really inspired me the other day. It’s things like this that make me a Sone, now and forever 🙂
worthy to read… and great thing as always…
its a good thing i always drop by here… heartwarming…
Beautiful post, Michelle 😉 !
Yes, imperfection is what makes the 9 ladies perfect in the eyes of SONEs and K-Pop fans everywhere 😀 !!!
SNSD Jjang !
Hey great post! “Hurry, the moment is fleeting. We are only human after all.” haha this sentence is stuck in my mind after reading it. 🙂
My thoughts exactly
agree with you completely..people around me always say..there is nothing special about snsd..they act like any of us…but put them on stage and sorry to say..you and i are dust on their feet..but dats the way they are..i dont know about you..but their first stage..goodbye song..they just wore tight jeans and a white tshirt…snsd ..you make my life complete…
can you please tell me how to say this from a 14 year old’s words?
coz every time a friend asks me why i love them so much.. I become speechless… thinking of an answer… but what comes out is more like your post: deep words… an understanding WHY i love them.
but I understand why my friends become so skeptical… they dont understand the way I say it… it sounds like I’m an adult to them, lecturing them >.<
please please… tell me how to say this in a girl's words
Since we happen to have the same problem (and we’re even the same age lol) I’d just tell them what I truly feel… I don’t have to sound like a 14 yr old or an adult, it’s just me explaining why I love this girls so much. My friend doesn’t really like them so she’s like “why them?” and I’m like “because they’re not like any other group, they’re people just like us. They’re beautiful, dance well, and have amazing singing skills and you can argue with me about that but they also have this other side to them, they’re funny and dorky but most importantly when they make a mistake they act like it wasn’t a big deal because they have confidence in themselves and that can only be strengthened day by day with the help of their amazing soshi bond.” Of course after I told her all that my friend had the same reaction your friends had but you know what? I don’t care what they think because if they truly are your friends they won’t care either plus I have confidence in myself 🙂
Hope it helps 😛
ahh nice 🙂 I guess they just make me feel conscious because after I explain to them why I love SNSD, they look at me weirdly. But weird isn’t always a bad thing. ^^
thanks! honestly, you helped 😀
Sorry for late reply… Welcome! ^^
I’m kinda understand your feeling, even I’m a boy but I like them coz whatever your friends said couldn’t change Urself unless U want it.
My friends always mock me when I saw their performances,MVs,Shows.etc, either in a polite way nor in a harsh word but their mockings just only made a strong reasons that SNSD are worth to be loving for.
so don’t worry about what people said about Urself what more important is what U said bout Urself because We after all are BIG Family with SNSD as our parents, they taught us how to be thankfull and be honest bout yourself and also taking care of each others.
GoGo SNSDninerniners 😀
i really did relate in this post THANK YOU FrozenArtic it was really a nice post makes me tear up T.T
Amy W said:
Aw, this was an amazing post.
It brought tears to my eyes, especially when I saw the picture of the girls crying.
Right Now, it’s Girls’ Generation!!! Girls’ Generation forever!!!:)
xian hui jian said:
hohoho merry christmas everybody and happy new years >:D. Thanks to the girls i have learn to rise back everytime i fall and beside once you get use to it, it is not that bad to fail since sometimes failures itself is a great business opportunity by itself.
Jayvee Perote said:
its really touching story ^_^ we SONE’S really relate to this we,I appreciate the effort you put just spread love to everyone ^_^ snsdhwaiting
I can realli relate to wad u posted…The reason Why Soshi are my role models, 9Godesses ,9 angels. When people ask me why am I so crazy for them, I simply… dunno how to answer them.
This entire post has summed up how I feel bout being a Sone. They are realli motivations and Role models to everyone and anyone who just takes the time to listen and hear them and their stories.
Snsd Hwaiting!~ Jigeuneum, Apeurodo, Yongwonhi SoNyuhShiDae.<3
Kris-anna(soo-shi) SNSD SARANGHAE!!!
Enoch Tan said:
Only Human? They are Beyond That!
Many humans have lost the childlike state.
But SNSD has retain it, same with Michael Jackson.
Everyone human is born in the natural divine state.
SNSD represents what the original human being is like.
We are angelic beings of light.
Total self acceptance even with “flaws” or “weakness” but yet with full shine.
I don’t follow this blog or SNSD-related sites for the latest news about Girls’ Generation as much I used to, but it is always a pleasure to read posts such as this. I find myself learning and loving a little bit more with the 9 of ’em each day. It’s funny, because I wasn’t like this back then. I guess it takes time for ‘it’ to sink in, huh? Haha.
Anyway, great post. Keep it up!
iAm A Merely SONE said:
Korean sones is very blessed,they can always support soshi and seeing soshi in many music events,but for me non korean sone,i really envy korean sones,hahahaha,so that is why i want to tell you guys,that you are so lucky to have that warmheart and kind public figure in your country,
Maybe antis from korea must realize something,stop hating,you guys are so blessed to have snsd in your country,
Well at least your country dont have plagiarism artist like my country here,we got cherrybelle,smash,the hits,supergirl,7icon and many more,if you guys are curious,then you can try search them thru youtube,
They plagiarism SNSD,Suju and other K-Pop artist,really shameless,
K-Pop is My Music,SNSD is my 9 angels
SONEs + SNSD = We Forever unbreakable,We are Forever,
소녀시대 you make my life complete.
Sudahlah,, bkanx mo ngebela nie (aq SONE jg), setidakx mereka msih lbih baek, drpd anak muda INDONESIA pd nyimeng, nyabu dll,, tul ga?? Lagian SoShi mberi contoh bbuat baik, positif thinking dsb. Mereka saja tidak mnganggap girlband lain sbg saingan, justru hal itu lebih meramaikan K-POP sendiri.. Jd intix mari kita sebarkan cinta + kbaikan di Negeri trcinta qt INDONESIA agar menjadi lebih baek, kagak kaya skrng nie KACAU..
SoShi is the best
GG has the potential to change anyone. Posts like these are heartwarming and reminds us all why sones are happy and why we all support these girls. soshi/sones HWAITING!!!
“Perfection is not attainable.However,in the process of chasing perfection,we can catch excellence.” I believe this is what our girls have done,achieving excellence. Let sones and soshi to continue to support each other,shall we?
Proud to be a Sone~! 🙂
Amazing post !!! ❤
wonderfully composed 🙂 very nice! great work 🙂
Great post Michelle. Nice job (:
Noelle Ly Calyxez said:
it’s good to know that S♥NEs are feeLing the same way~ SoShi reaLLy inspired me a Lot too. from Sooyoung not worrying in her Life because she has a God to Seohyun saying if your dream is aLive, it’LL come true. ♥
and guess what~ my Love for SoShi is stiLL growing because of the S♥NEs themseLves. so~ thank you! *especiaLLy to SK [also to SSF] 🙂 Merry Christmas! XD
salute to snsd, i sone of Indonesia
Michael Sternestedt said:
makes me think of yuri the sleeping head 😆
they are so cute
These girls are my first REAL role models..the ones that i can look up to without a doubt. And they are also my first girlgroup ever. Before i met them, i never took a glimpse at any female artist/singer..but things changed after i saw their Gee MV and their dorky and honest+humble selves on reality & variety shows. That’s when i thought, “ah SNSD you’ve succeeded in making me a much better person with your personalities, so thank you so much i promise to be a SONE and support you until forever.”
So Nyeo Shi Dae & SONE hwaiting ❤
Yeony and Suny said:
Hi, we are Yeony and Suny who are mascots of Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea.
We like and support GG.
a lot of K-pop stars and their fans have supported Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea.
EXPO is infotainment and a big world festival just like the Olympic Games.
I hope you guys and GG join Expo 2012 Yeosu, Korea via SNS.
Jia you~!girls, you have done your best~!
Well said, really very well said…
i really wish fans (especially SONEs) would “embrace the flaws” instead of denouncing them as non-existent…..
I really really love them!! they are awesome!!
I’m proud to be sone
Yeah, just don’t say that you’re imperfect but just think that nobody’s perfect. We are all made fair and square.
This is beautiful ! Thanks for sharing, it’s true that, for me at least, I fell in love with SoShi because of their personalities at first (:
These nine beautiful girls some how give us all hope. They also are very very talented an know how to bring hope and fun in to each and everyone of our hearts! :3
Yes, I fully agree. That, is one a true SONE is; not just liking them for entertainment, but the fact that they impart life lessons and moral values. Beautiful article.
Gvk Streetspeedz said:
Very beautifully written
where is that last picture from ???
Teha(trouble maker) said:
snsd the best!!!!
Teha(trouble maker) said:
I never get tired of reading this article. the reason that im a sone 🙂
UN should tells WHO to put them as one of South Korean Heritage to the world hahaha,
korean SoNers are really blessfull to have them anyways
here in Indonesia I didn’t have any Idols to be proud of >.<
there's only corruptions a.k.a Indonesian Govt itself and crimes Idols hahaha
socha asd said:
same felling right here bro…..i wish indonesia could have change a bit if not who’s know the future heh..
yup try to look south korea 10yrs ago and look at them now, and they deserved to be proud of what they had achieved right now.
U know that K-Culture is the country’s biggest export, look around the wholesale shopping malls at Jakarta n Surabaya n you’ll find many stores selling korean influenced fashion wear.
OK Enough about them now what about our country….well you can see it yourself plagiarism,corruption,crimes,poverty…altough this country is rich in natural resources but it seems doesn’t do the same with human resources.
poor Indo ;(