Junior conveys love for BTS

Seven legendary guys, known as BTS, Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bangtan Boys, have evidently been taking over the world. Their stage names are Jungkook, V, Jimin, J-Hope, Suga, RM and Jin, and they’ve been the center of my attention for about a year now. On May 19, they’ll release a new album called “Love Yourself: Tear,” which will be their 12th album. The next day they will perform a new song at the Billboard Music Awards, which they appeared at last year to receive the Top Social Artist award. But this is just the beginning of the upcoming few months. BTS already released a Japanese album in April, and they’ve also planned a world tour to begin in September. As far as we know, they will have 23 shows in 11 different cities, but there are still supposedly more shows to be announced.

I will attend the Fort Worth show on Sept. 15, and the ticket purchasing process was definitely a new experience for me. BTS has not been to Texas since 2015, and since then their popularity has grown immensely, leading there to be two shows in Fort Worth on Sept. 15 and 16. When they announced on April 26 that they were even coming to Texas, my friends and I were ecstatic. We honestly couldn’t believe it. That was when the planning began. The tickets were released at 10 a.m. on May 5, and it was intense. The website crashed within seconds, and there was a message that claimed they had all sold out. Luckily, my friend kept refreshing the page in hopes that the three tickets we needed would appear. At 10:25, we had them. Three general admission tickets for the Love Yourself World Tour in Fort Worth on Sept. 15 for two of my friends and I.

I’m not going to lie, I screamed. It felt unreal — and the fact that we are actually going to see these guys perform right in front of our eyes and not through a screen — still does. After settling in with the news, I found some other people online that would be attending the same concert, and learned that they were coming all the way from Massachusetts, Florida and Georgia. My mind was blown. I couldn’t believe that they’d become so popular that some people are flying all the way to Texas to come see them.

The influence that these artists have had on my life is incredible. Seeing them dance, sing and rap made me realize that I’d love to at least try to learn to dance, and have as much passion as them. I discovered how fun it was to try and figure out where my feet should go on each count — to try and move as fluidly as possible. Although I’m still not great at it, they’ve taught me to keep trying.

Over the course of eight weeks, BTS released a documentary of them on their last world tour, the different obstacles they encountered and how they got through them. It taught me that have to communicate with the people around you so that you don’t get in pointless fights, how you have to keep up your work ethic and not give up on your dreams and how you might not end up where you think you will in the future.

This group has accomplished more than most other Korean musical artists. They have been certified gold twice by the Recording Industry Association of America for “DNA” and “Mic Drop” and received more than 20 awards, including the Artist of the Year award from the Mnet Asian Music Awards two years in a row, something they had only dreamed of attaining. They had started with nothing — some of the members didn’t even know how to sing or dance at the beginning. They shared rooms in a small apartment and had little to no money, and after years of working hard, they’ve grown to live in one of the best apartment complexes in Seoul. But even with their success, they manage to remain humble. Since Nov. 1 of last year, the group has worked with UNICEF to raise money against violence towards kids and teens. This has allowed them to raise more than 606,000,000 KRW, which is almost $570,000.

Each and every day I am inspired by these unique people who never fail to make me smile, laugh and feel every kind of emotion through their words — the comedic episodes of “RUN BTS,” where they try and defeat each other in challenges, the emotional episodes of “Burn The Stage,” but most importantly the beautiful words that they sing to millions of people around the world.  Although I’ve been excited for past concerts, I can promise you that this will by far be my favorite one.