There are only two kinds of people that will read this blog. Some will think that the title of this entry is just something I pulled out of nowhere. The others will know that it is a line from a Beatles’ song which the Jonas Brothers covered. And this entry is for the latter.
I have much to be thankful about for the year 2008. It has certainly been one of the most memorable years I’ve had. However, before I get to thanking everyone else and recapping what I did from January to December this year, I feel that I should first thank this special group of people who are immeasurably significant to me.
As some of you may or may not know, this year was a year of so much change for me. In June, I had to say goodbye to the home I grew up in because we had to move to another place. This year, I had to endure the painful sadness of not being with my block mates from 1st year, the people I’ve grown so close to. With the deblocking came the separation, too. Some of my closest friends aren't so close anymore.
Brug is the cause of all this. I blame her. Back in late 2007, she reintroduced me to a band I had already been familiar with since I was in third year. She showed me recent pictures and articles and kept gushing on how freaking hot they were. I did not disagree. I googled them, learned more about them, found some of their songs and listened to them, but I never really got hooked because I was too busy with school.
In February, she started nagging me to join this forum for this band’s fans in the Philippines. I checked it out, but I did not register for an account simply because I was too busy and I didn’t think I could regularly check back for updates. Meanwhile, their songs remained on my playlist. Two months later was summer vacation. I had nothing to do at home. We were moving, so my days were busy packing, organizing and boxing stuff at home. The free time I had was spent on the internet or in front of the television. We didn’t really go out much save for the mall on weekends because we were busy with the move.
I was always tuned in to the music channels on TV, I noticed that this band had a particular song that was always played on all three music channels. It always charted high, and eventually became #1 for weeks. I fell in love with the song completely. I was so addicted to it; I would never miss a replay of the music video. As I fell in love with that song, I listened again to their other songs on my playlist, and I finally fell in love with the band.
One day in April, I had a dream about the band. It was a very vivid dream that I could not get out of my head for a long time. I told Brug about it and she said that it was good enough to write into a story. Now, until that time I had not written anything creative for a long, long time, and I wondered how I would get those images and dialogues in my head on paper in a way that would give justice to the dream I had. Eventually, I was able to write the first four chapters of the first story I had written in a year, maybe. I showed it to Brug and she encouraged me to post it on the forums. Since I did not have the excuse of being “too busy” anymore, I registered for an account and posted it on the Fan fiction boards. That was the first post I ever made on that forum, and since that first post, so many wonderful things have happened.
As you may know now, the story I posted was Mundane, my baby. The forum was Jonas Brothers Philippines. The song was When You Look Me in the Eyes and the band was, of course, the Jonas Brothers.
Since that first post on the forum, I have met such amazing people. First, they were the people who commented on my fic. I knew them as usernames at first, but since I kept posting, getting to know them and chatting with them, they ceased to because mere usernames to me. They were real people with real names. They were real friends.
The JBnoys have been so important to me this 2008. Not only did they encourage me to write again, they also made me find my purpose. I was surprised that so many people on the forum loved Mundane, and I was more touched when several of them said that I inspire people through my writing. They said that I could be a great writer and rock the world with what I churn out of my imagination. I have never forgotten that.
The JBnoys have also been there for me during the hard times. When I was having problems with school or with friends, they were there to listen and offer support. Many of them are younger than me, but they are so much wiser and mature. One of them said “We’re there for each other sa lahat, whether it’s Jonas brothers or real life, kasi we’re all friends now, diba?” I couldn’t agree more.
In August, I was fortunate to be part of the Total Girl Plus shoot for the Jonas Brothers fans. I think it’s unnecessary to say I became an extreme addict, even converting some of my other friends. It was such an amazing experience, finally meeting the people who were Y!M buddies. There were finally faces to the names, and that was the day I knew online friends are real friends, too.
The JBnoys have sometimes been better friends than my friends in school. In December, a small group of us met at Kitkat’s house for a get-together, and I honestly had the most fun I’ve had in ages. It’s nice to let go and just act crazy once in a while, and with the JBnoys, I can do just that.
Since then, I’d like to think we’ve become closer. As the Jonas Brothers provided me inspiration and help when I most needed it, the JBnoys were there, too. They’re like a family to me now, and I can’t imagine how I would have handled the many changes that came this year without them. I think I would have totally broken down.
So here’s to all of you, dear friends. Kitkat, Eira, Kate, Fiel, Angel, Maui, Lia, Gia, Pat, Alyssa, Reg, Nicole, Inna, Issa, Marian, Jho. Anjilou, Steph, Bryan, Rafael, Gelo, those who’ve reviewed my fic and been there from the very start, thank you. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone! I love you guys. You are my life now. We said hello, hello, and let’s not say goodbye too soon. LOL.
Brug, thank you for nagging me to register.
And Joe, Kevin, and Nick. I suppose if it weren’t for you guys, we wouldn’t have even met at all. Thank you for the songs, the moments, the funny jokes and lines, and the daydreams. Thank you or giving me a reason to smile when I don’t feel like being happy. Thank you for being the cutest, most adorable, most perfect
boys men ever. Most of all, thank you for the friends. Thank you for them. :)