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I am an IT professional and live in a different city far from home . . . far from my parents. I am from India and I would like to share my story with the hope that it brings comfort to someone in a similar situation.
Like most people in this world, I am working hard for a better career and for a better living, but the endless struggle brings with itself a lot of frustration and challenges. It was around the year 2014 that I discovered about BTS and ever since, they have been a source of inspiration and hope. The connection I feel with them cannot be expressed in words, and that very connection with BTS somehow helps me to be ambitious and work towards my dreams. It’s about being better than you were yesterday and standing stronger and living every moment with joy.
Just listening to their lyrics and music or watching their funny moments is so energising. Virtually connecting with BTS through YouTube, Weverse or Spotify, it simply lifts my spirit beyond words. I really feel thankful to be living at the same time as the seven boys. In fact my phone ring tone is set to “Boy With Luv” though my recent favorite is “Zero O’Clock.” The track is immensely beautiful and it’s like the lyrics just fits me so well. I stay up late hoping tomorrow will be better and that things will change once the new day starts at 00.00. I must say a lot of their songs are so relatable and motivating.
Their honesty, hard work, genuineness, innocence, kindness, and their child-like qualities draw me more towards them with each passing day. I am a proud ARMY and a proud elder sister to some seven boys I have never met.
I created this art to participate in a competition in 2016 just because the prizes included BTS signed merchandise and albums. With the hope to at least win runner-up, I participated. However, I had hard luck and I never won a prize. Hehehehe ( sad..sad..)
The art is of the famous spot in Seoul, South Korea — Hyangwonjeong Pavilion in the middle of Hyangwonji Pond at Gyeongbokgung Palace. I chose this particular location to draw because the competition titled “Talk Talk Korea 2016” was all about Korea and its culture.I had seen this spot in some drama and found it so beautiful. This hexagonal pavilion is also known as “Pavilion of Far-reaching fragrance.” I hope to visit South Korea someday in the near future and witness the beauty through my own eyes.
We must believe in the saying “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.”
Chaitali. (2020). The sister in me. The Rhizomatic Revolution Review , (1). https://ther3journal.com/.
Chaitali. “The Sister in Me.” The Rhizomatic Revolution Review , no.1, 2020. https://ther3journal.com/.
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Illustration credit: Zuza Resides @ResidesIn