don’t stop believe them

I’m sorry guys, I have to let this out. I’m just so sick and tired of people saying “I’ve stopped believing in SS501”. It just makes me upset. Let me just write what I need to say here…

If you’ve stopped believing, that’s your call. But I still believe that if you’re a true Triple S, you won’t think that way. Sometimes, there are things in life that we have to do, in order to grow. You can’t just stay in one spot and stagnate. People have to explore different things and even travel in different directions to be able to really fly and make the most out of life. But that doesn’t mean that they have to abandon what they are. At the end of the day, they will still go back home. And SS501 is what these 5 boys call “home”. Haven’t they proven that already all these years?

For me, I respect the decision of the members. Whatever they think is best for them, I’ll support them. They have said it themselves, they are still SS501. It doesn’t matter that they’re not in the same agency anymore. We can’t be selfish and just think of “what we want”. We have to learn to accept change, and if you really love these 5 men, you will keep on believing and be prepared to wait. Because they have never let Triple S down in the past and I believe they won’t.

Now, all they’re asking is for us to believe in them. Is that too hard to do? After all they’ve done for us, after all their sacrifices just to make us happy, is that too high of a sacrifice to do in our part? Yes, it sucks that they won’t be as active now as before, because they’re doing solo activities. But we can’t be selfish and think only of ourselves! If the boys see what’s happening to Triple S, that some have stopped believing in them, it will hurt them.

Come to think of it, they could just renounce their group and continue to move on without a glance back, but they still make it a point to announce themselves as SS501! And why would their respective agencies bother to mention about future SS501 activities? Why would Jung Min emphasize in his letter that he’ll always be SS501’s Jung Min? Why would Leader assure all of us, and continue doing his part as Leader by taking the first step, and seeing to it that his new company will allow him to participate in future SS501 group activities? That alone is proof that they love their group.

Think of it this way, the members need to grow individually too. They need to spread their wings and hone their individual skills in order to become better artists, not just in terms of music, but also in other avenues like acting, etc. So that when they come together again as a group, they are better people individually, and as a result, they become an even better, stronger group.

They made a promise, and they asked us to believe in them because they’re SS501. Five members united as one forever. But some have lost hope, and some have completely left them for good. That hurts. Really. After everything, how can you just let go, just like that? I can just imagine what the boys would feel when they see their beloved Triple S, one by one, turning their backs at them, without a backward glance. Just because they couldn’t understand. They couldn’t wait.

There are those who are hanging on by a thread, ready to slip at any second. When you say, “It’s never gonna be the same again” or “The music industry will forget about them because they won’t be active as SS501 anymore” or “The people will forget they even had a group”… it’s like betraying the boys, or even disregarding all the achievements they had. When you think like that, you’re undermining and taking for granted what they have done and what they can still do. In fact, when you think like that, you’re not trusting. Some developments make us sad or disappointed, but don’t be consumed or taken over by your disappointment or selfish tendencies. True fans don’t judge or condemn, they don’t put their own wants and desires at the forefront… they look at the changes and see the good in them (no matter how difficult), they accept and support their idols whole-heartedly, without any doubt, hesitation, unnecessary analysis, or thinking about “what ifs” and ‘what might have beens’. Enough with the negativity! It won’t take you anywhere good. And even worse, negativity spreads like wildfire making even more people depressed.

I’ve come to realize (this is just my own opinion, and you may agree or not), it can be a good thing that SS501 won’t need to compete anymore with the new idol groups. They are already an icon. They’ve proven what they can do for 5 years. Let the new ones have their chance to shine. SS501 had their limelight as far as music shows in Korea goes. Now they’re ready for bigger, better and brighter things! Of course, as fans, we can’t get enough of them. And we want more for them. But the thing is, they can’t be tied to one another all the time when doing activities. That doesn’t mean they quit being a group. Just as long as they are still SS501, and they love each other and their fans, they can come together anytime they want. I’d like for them to be able to do their own thing, in their own time, without having to compete to gain recognition. Of course they will still reach for their dream, to become superstars, or world stars. They can hold concert tours around the world and meet their millions of fans who’ve stuck with them until the end. They can create amazing albums with lots of cool music and they won’t even have to compete with anyone to prove anything. To us, they are and will always be #1.

They will be considered a legend in the Korean music industry, not because they’re the most popular and every household knows their name, or because they won lots of awards, but because they offer quality music, unbelievable talents, and beautiful personalities to boot. They already got the fame as a group, they have us, their fans, now it’s time for them to grow individually. If you can’t accept that, if you refuse to accept the changes that they need to go through to become better people, if you can’t accept the “new beginning” that Leader was talking about, then you’re selfish. Think about it.

There are a lot going on behind the scenes that we are not aware of. Therefore, we can’t judge! Saying “I don’t believe in SS501 anymore” or “So much for forever together as one” is so harsh! I won’t make that judgment because I’m just a fan, and ultimately, I have the group’s, as well as the members’ best interests at heart. If you have stopped believing, again, that’s up to you. But I hope someday, when they’re back together again on stage, embraced and welcomed back by all the ones who loved them enough to stay, when that time comes, you’ll look back at this moment when you lost hope, and said some harsh things, and say… “I guess I was wrong”.

by : fan


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