BTS: Happy Birthday Yoongi!

Professional image of Min Yoongi (Suga) with his legendary mint hair. Copyright goes do BTS and Hybe Entertainment.

Hey! Hallie here!

It’s Yoongi’s birthday! Well, it was technically his birthday yesterday in South Korea, but in the US we celebrate it on both days! I haven’t had the best day, but Yoongi always has a way of cheering me up. We’ve talked on this blog about all the things we love about him, but today I want to talk about quotes from him that have impacted me most. Because some days you just need to hear all the thoughtful views and encouragements he’s given to ARMY. Let’s get into how amazing he is!

“Life is tough, and things don’t always work out well, but we should be brave and go on with our lives.”

This quote can apply to so many different areas of life. It can apply to personal relationships, career goals, and even when you’re generally feeling down. Life isn’t always fair. Yoongi knows this very well as someone who had misunderstandings with his parents growing up, worked multiple jobs while going to school, got run over by a car, and has struggled with his mental health for much of his life. But when things don’t work out, that doesn’t make you a broken person. Regardless of what happens, you never lose the capability to pick yourself up and keep moving. Just as life has downs, it’s sure to have ups that will surprise you if you just keep moving forward. Look at Yoongi. He’s now internationally known and has seven brothers and millions of fans there supporting him. The bravery needed to keep going can be hard to find sometimes, but it’s always worth it in the end.

“I think there’s a lot of different kinds of love: not just between a boyfriend and girlfriend, but love with your family, love with the people around you. I think that’s really important and, I think, would really be a good thing for the world and make a better world for everybody.”

We talk a lot about different kinds of love all the time, especially in the LGBTQ+ community. Of course romantic love can come in many forms, but there are different kinds of love that are expressed both in the LGBTQ+ community and outside of it. Platonic relationships are just as important and can form just as large of a bond. Familial bonds are always important, whether we’re talking about biological family or people in your life who have become like family to you. But even beyond those things, there’s the love you can spread to all of those around you. There’s love that can turn into understanding of people who are different from you. All of those kinds of love are so important. BTS is one of the leaders in spreading that message, using lyrics to encourage others to love themselves and to love one another. It’s a message that makes sense coming from Yoongi, and is very much appreciated.

“If you want to aim high, aim high. Don’t let that studying consume you. Just live life.”

Yoongi is a well known advocate for two things. One is putting in hard work without overworking yourself. This is always important. If you want to accomplish anything in life, know that hard work is always involved. But also know that you are a person with limits and those limits should always be honored. It’s important to take care of yourself. The other major thing Yoongi advocates for is not agonizing too much over how you do in school. His opinions on school are important, especially coming from a man that lives in South Korea. South Korea is notorious for pressuring students and causing huge amounts of stress. It’s important for there to be someone to tell those students that bad grades aren’t the end of the world and that there is more to life. And it isn’t just students in Korea that need to hear that, school can be stressful for any student in any area, all of whom could use encouragement and a reminder of life outside of school. Yoongi had to multitask many things while he was in school, and he’s not apologetic about how school wasn’t always the most important thing for him. Sometimes life has to take precedent over school or work.

“Emotions are so different in every situation and every moment, so I think to agonize every moment is what life is.”

This quote covers two different ideas. One is the more positive, which is the idea that your emotions are always valid. Whether you’re right or wrong, happy or sad, you’re allowed to feel and have emotional needs. It’s an essential part of life to embrace. The more negative is tied to the fact that Yoongi mentioned this when speaking about his anxiety. This idea is more that anxiety and mental issues can creep up at any time and those moments are equally a part of life. But this more negative connotation isn’t wrong or bad. It’s true. We all struggle with mental health at some points and we all have moments where we overthink things. But that just means that none of us are alone or crazy for feeling those things. As someone who struggles with anxiety, I always appreciate when Yoongi discusses his own and I know that many other ARMYs feel the same.

Those are all the quotes I’m going over today, but I seriously recommend seeking out some of Yoongi’s interviews. He’s said so many important things that mean so much to myself and to millions of ARMYs. On difficult days I often turn to him for guidance and comfort. I can’t express how thankful I am for him, but I really hope that he had an amazing birthday and that he has many amazing days following it.

Don’t do anything fun until I get back!

Hallie

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