Truth is, I’ve been spending WAY too much time on my latest addiction, believe it or not… Tumblr. Doing what? Scrolling through lots of hilarious, epic and downright awesome gifs of the WINNER boys and occasionally, reading opinions and thoughts about all or each of them. Even better, when I come across anything Nam Tae Hyun x Song Minho bromance-slash-romance. A Tumblr site I highly recommend for crack-worthy, awesome gifs and very witty frank opinions on Team A i.e. WINNER is definitely king-mino – SHE IS SO AWESOME. Frankly being on Tumblr is such a terrible waste of time, but damnit it’s undeniably more fun than anything else at the moment.
Okay, fine I’ll admit it – I’m having serious withdrawals. Help!
Real Life-wise, truthfully the past seven weeks have been a mighty challenge for me, with the last two being the most trying yet. I’ve come out of them barely in one piece, but looking back, if I’m to name something trivial and yet so impacting that allowed me to be my giddy self and let loose for a bit when I’m not sleeping or studying, it’s undoubtedly the cracktastic WIN: Who Is Next, namely my WINNER boys.
It hit me today that apart from the fact that these boys are that amazing, the show penetrated through and stayed with me throughout my difficult Real Life ordeal because it has plenty life lessons to impart.
Here’s some I’ve picked up:
- When you’re at the bottom of the pits, don’t despair – the only direction left is to head upwards.
As evident through Team A slash WINNER‘s successful, inspiring and heart-stealing leap from underdogs to winners. For real though – I rewatched the entire show last week from the first episode up to the 11th episode and I was just repeatedly struck by how much they’ve progressed over the course of the show. They demonstrated and encapsulated the above through, believe it or not, a single song: Smile Again. That’s when the fandom (and myself) went batshit crazy and the rest, as I’m so happy to put it, is now history.
Plus, how awesome is it that the WINNER said it all through their title song? Go Up!
- Realize that each person has his or her own strengths and set of skills. Recognize yours – embrace, hone and go crazy with them!
No truer than when one looks at four of five Team A boys, and the rapper duo in Team B. Perhaps appropriate examples would be my two favorites, Nam Tae Hyun and Song Minho, both of whom caught my attention because they’re just so damn confident about their skills and thus, themselves. Their self-assurance is not only attractive, it’s also powerful because those personal strengths are truly the fundamentals and backbones of their identities and personas – both as individuals and budding artists. It is no wonder that their popularity skyrocketed over the show’s duration, eventually overtaking that of supposed established team members. Even though their team kept losing in those battles and evaluations in the beginning, these two boys more than anyone else, maintained a steady rein on their crafts; undeterred. It’s clear they believe in themselves, period, and that’s just so damn inspiring. And attractive.
Oh wait, did I say that already? Ha.
- Hard work pays off. Eventually – but it totally does and when it does? SO inspiring!
Perfect exhibits are none other than Kim Jin Woo and Lee Seung Hoon. In truth, everyone in the show works so darn hard that it’s honestly unfair of me to single out two of the eleven, but in the context of this lesson learned, no doubt these two fit the description to a tee. The former, as we’re all aware by now, is totally Motored By Success.
One can argue that he’s sometimes too much because as I’m (re)learning now, the key to success really lies in working smart and not so much hard, but sometimes one way works better than any others for an individual, you know what I mean? So maybe what works for him, as he’s found out, is hard work. He doesn’t have the best or strongest singing vocal nor is he the standout, uber-talented multi-savvy musician like his teammates but just that he’s trying, so clearly trying from Day 1 – no one can deny him the much-deserved trophy. Ditto Lee Seung Hoon, who’s clearly been through and had to overcome so much to arrive at this sweet success of today – more hard work than talent in my opinion, and even he realizes this as conveyed through his rap in Go Up.
Plus, admit it – sometimes we just need an uplifting underdog story. You know, the one where the hardworking underdog, as opposed to the naturally gifted hero, proves that grit will indeed, bring you far. Atta boys!
- Success is dynamic – a win today, another battle the day after. Be modest!
None of the boys ever grew an (obvious) ego despite their wins, be it Team B‘s long-running win in the first two-thirds, to WINNER‘s reversal reign of the trophy in the rest of the show. I don’t know if they faked their modesty but based on my observation – nope. Plus, even when they were obviously brimming with pride or feeling so damn proud of themselves, they kept those emotions in check, privy only to their own members.
- Keep the passion alive!
The moment the WINNER boys learn to let go and lose themselves in their music and the delights of the stage – simply magical, that moment. Team B needs no introduction to this aspect as they’re total pros at this – watching them come alive on stage is always such a hoot and their CLIMAX stage… Wow, just wow. If anything, both teams basically demonstrated that you’ve gotta keep your passion alive – it will speak for you, promise.
- Your conscience is what speaks about you as a person – especially in morally compromising situations.
Kang Seung Yoon is the perfect example to this. This boy is such a wunderkind – even at the brink of the final battle, of all things to admit, he expressed how much it sucked that the win would never be clean, because it came at the price of others’ tears, hard work and dreams. I just love that statement because it reflects how much of a good person he is – I still concur he’s definitely product of good upbringing. Plus, let’s not even talk about the announcement stage – my goodness, the amount of tears poured that night by everyone is self-explanatory.
- Late-bloomers or early-bloomers, does it really matter? Everyone will eventually be sunflowers!
In the unexpectedly wise words of Daesung after the announcement of the winning team:
“There are flowers which bloom in spring, and those that bloom in fall. The flower will definitely bloom. One just needs to endure and wait – the time will come. “
Honestly I meant for this to be a more insightful, intellectual entry but perhaps this just sounds silly? Ugh I don’t know, I’m signing off before I continue ranting about the same old things and people. What’s there left to say? Serious withdrawals, dear God help me. In short, I can’t friggin’ wait for my WINNER boys to début!!