There are many reasons to admire Changmin, and I find that even after all these years, even as I start the next stage of my life, I still have much to learn from him. I’m sure many of us can relate to his childhood experiences – a lot of us were probably introverted, extremely shy, and a bit awkward around strangers, but even he could overcome those fears and anxieties to perform in front of thousands – even millions – of people. He is that perfect embodiment of the phrase “nothing is impossible.”
Of course, we are not Changmin. He has his own unique circumstances, just like how we all have our own unique experiences, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from them.
That is why I see him as an idol. It’s not because he’s good looking. It’s not because he’s talented. It’s because he sets an example. He teaches us to see our flaws, reflect on them, accept them, and use that as leverage to pursue growth. He teaches us that age doesn’t matter, as long as you live your best life.
Just like how Changmin would say he was a dreamless boy who now has dreams to share, I hope all of you will one day realize that we all have dreams worth chasing after.