“What happens when a VCR is playing during a Tohoshinki concert?. Under the pressure of time and the staff saying ‘There’s only three minutes left’, Tohoshinki runs long distances to mop up their sweat, change into new clothes, adjust their In-ear monitors, inhale from oxygen tanks [Oxygen tanks helps get your breath back quicker, keeps the
airways clear and gives you what you need to get back out and step it up
a gear for the second half of the show. Lots of singers have oxygen tanks on standby. It’s fairly common], and touch up their make-up and hair, so they can appear perfectly in front of the audience again.” –東方神起 LIVE Tomorrow Tour 2018 Live DVD & Blu-Ray
“They perform with their full strength but they never seem to be worn
out…Yunho & Changmin are the maximum strength of themselves. Their
physical energy is amazing. Tall in height, sing and dance well, they’re
so picturesque. You can’t see anyone like them in the whole world.
Nothing that Tohoshinki can’t do, I only think about how the audience
will enjoy the concert.” –Sam-san (Tohoshinki’s stage producer)
“Neither Changmin nor I like to show our fragility in front of the camera when we get hurt.” –Yunho
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.