The first time I lent my eyes on Girls’ Generation was on my second year in middle school around five or six years ago. My schoolmates were all crazy about them, but I was not that interested because Korean music wasn’t something common back then. At least not to me. But then I gave Gee a shot, and the rest was history. I may not understand their language hence results in my lack of understanding about the song meanings (I have to Google the English translations), but I enjoy their music nonetheless because I think that’s what music is: it crosses boundaries.
And then came the first time I saw Girls’ Generation performing live: SM Town’s Concert back then in 2012. (I reported the concert for a news website and it’s available in this link.) I went only for them, since I wasn’t familiar of other performers. I promised myself I’d go see them again if they ever toured here. I kept my promise.
Well, despite my disappointment towards the seating arrangement, so many ill-mannered Indonesian fans (sorry not sorry), and absence of the songs I initially expected them to perform; the night was magical. The concert started on the scheduled time and went incredible, the sound and lighting were wonderful, and their costumes were a feast to the eyes. I didn't record any videos or take many pictures because I wanted to be fully invested on the show. During the show, the girls didn't hesitate to act all goofy or laugh freely, and they also attempted to speak simple Indonesian like "Aku cinta padamu" or "Terima kasih." What I loved the most about those two hours was they seemed to have fun throughout the night, just as much as the fans did. (And of course I finally saw their beautiful faces and legs with my bare eyes.)
There were some moments when all the hype reminded me of I Am (especially during their introductions and when all of them talk and stare at the audience with the blinding spotlights above them). Through I Am, the documentary movie of all the artists who belong in SM Entertainment, I was able to witness a small fragment of their sweat and tears to become who they are today. And last Saturday, the pink sea in Mata Elang International Stadium with the echoing screams and chants by Sones, was the tiny part of their dreams that once might seem too far or too grand.
From Into The New World to I Got A Boy, music performers to fashion icons, a Korean girl group to worldwide superstars; they are Girls’ Generation with the same wishes, dreams, and determination. And that’s one of the reasons why I idolize them so much; not only because of the catchy tunes and dances or their beautiful physical appearances. I'm sure everyone has their own idols who pump and inspire them to work harder, that's what Girls' Generation does to me, no matter how cheesy that sounds. They inspire me not only to reach my dream, but also just like them, to live my dream everyday.