When I logged into Youtube to find the right song for Throwback (Musical) Thursday the first thing on my recommended videos list was a clip of the mourners leaving Jonghyun’s funeral. I clicked on it and watched for about two minutes before realizing that I was one of those people actually sitting there watching this man’s funeral when his family had clearly said that they wanted this to be as quiet an affair as possible. His family, the other members of Shinee, and his labelmates all deserve time to mourn without being in the limelight. I turned off the video and felt a little gross.
So then I started thinking about what the heck I was supposed to write about. I didn’t want to ignore the travesty of the entire situation and I also don’t want to put a downer on the whole holiday season. I’m far too good at pushing emotional things aside and not processing – it comes with the job – and for being so extroverted and chatty, I’m terrible at knowing what to say when people are impacted by senseless loss. So, after giving it some thought, I’ve decided that the best thing I can do is to share a holiday song from a time when all of these people, some with us and unfortunately, some gone, seemed to be in a happier place. I can’t know what any of them are really feeling or what they were going through in 2011, but I can choose to cling to the hope that maybe, just maybe, this was a really good day for them and they were happy to be together singing about Santa.
Whether you’re a Kpop novice, casual Shinee fan, or a Shawol I hope you are able to take a moment to process whatever emotions you are working through and spend time with loved ones, be they family by blood or family by choice. Now is the perfect time to tell someone you love them, support them, and that they are doing a really good job at whatever it is they are doing because we all need the support. Every one of us.
You guys are loved.
SMTown, Santa You are the One