N.B. This post was uploaded to my Live Journal page on the actual day of the 18th anniversary (15 September 2017) but I completely forgot to cross-post it onto my Dreamwidth page here so, here it is. A whole month later but as they say, "better late than never" haha
I couldn't let this special day pass by without at least posting something in relation to my love for Arashi. While Arashians all around the world are observing in their own unique ways, I'm sitting here basking in a collective sea of intense love and intense feels. Words seem totally inadequate on days such as this. I want to express my love and gratitude for Aiba Masaki, Matsumoto Jun, Ninomiya Kazunari, Ohno Satoshi and Sakurai Sho ~ for coming into my life at the very lowest point and lifting me up towards joyfulness and solace.
It hasn't been an easy road for me personally these past three years. I even came close to
ending my life; by the end of 2014 I was desperate and on the edge. Then one day I turned on my television and that funny Japanese game show was on SBS again and I started smiling. Before I knew it I was tuning in to it every afternoon and a smile slowly changed into laughter. I still vividly recall the day my precious daughter walked in to the living room and told me she'd been researching them online, and did I know they were idols, changed my life forever. We began watching their PVs and listening to their songs and I fell head over heels deeply in love and haven't looked back since.
Thank you Arashi; thank you Aiba, thank you MatsuJun, thank you Nino, thank you Riida, thank you Sho ~ without you in my life, my heart would still be
locked up, cold and hard as stone [It sounds completely corny I know, but it's true. I had locked up my heart for good but Arashi re-opened it and I am forever grateful]. Thanks to you, I'm learning a new language and (beautiful) culture, singing songs of hope, inspiration and optimism, and because of each of you I'm much more alive today than I think I've ever been before. I'm passionate again !
Before I get totally soppy and sentimental, and use up all the remaining tissues in the house, I just want to add that without Arashi I would not have met some truly amazing friends. I've had a few altercations and lost some friends along the way but overall I am truly thankful for all my Arashian friends, past and present *I must make special mention to Bawuk, Erin, Patricia, Sandy, Uri, Karla, Anna, Ayesha, Mary, Ginger, Flo, Din, Arabella, Alice, Jan, and so many others who I only know by their usernames* If I've forgotten to mention you here, please forgive my foolish oversight. You all mean the absolute world to me and I am thankful for you all.
A to the R A S H I !