I should have been prepared. I knew it was inevitable. But much like the majority of his legion of fans, news of G.O’s military enlistment came as a complete blindside. At 2PM, Korean Standard Time, on Thursday, February 18, 2016, our gentle soulful soldier man officially arrived to the training camp in Nonsan, Chungnam Province to begin his four week basic training.
And so it begins.
Have you ever found yourself in a tailspin? You know, that moment when every emotion converges upon you at once and you don’t know what to do, where to turn, or even what to say? That is how I felt all day long on February 17th. At around 8AM that morning (my time) and 11PM (Seoul time) G.O opened a chat room on MBLAQ’s Daum Cafe for 100 fans and although I was unable to get into the room to say my final good-byes and wish him well, it was probably for the best. G.O kept the room open for only 25 minutes or so, and was there to simply leave his loving fans (in his usual gracious and gentle manner) a few thoughts prior to his departure to the military:
And I’m sorry
I wanted to meet you more often but unfortunately I couldn’t..
During those 2 years, I’ll carefully consider what I’ll do in the future
I may not want to be active as a singer 2 years later
If I decide to do so, I’ll make sure to meet you guys more often than when I was active as a singer
I wanted to go after a fan meeting, too bad
It’s been too hard on you, right?
Don’t come tomorrow
I’ll go quietly, you won’t see me
It’ll be the best if you let me go quietly
It’s dangerous outside of your blanket
So stay under the blanket tomorrow
You won’t be able to see me even if you come
Take care of your health, everyone
It makes me upset thinking of you guys who must have gone through a lot, even more than other singers’ fans
People who can keep loving someone for a long time are amazing people who can keep receiving love from someone for a long time. You guys are that kind of people. I wish only good things happen to you in the future!
Our A+, you’ve had very hard times..I’m really sorry also thankful. And I love you
You really went through a lot of trouble
Study hard, work hard, stay healthy and well~ See you in the near future! Bye bye
I’m forever thankful
[Translation credit: @LUVISBLAQ and @raya19877]
I am going to try to do a few things while G.O is dutifully soldiering. For one, I am going to give myself the challenge of completing the 116 Reasons series prior to his discharge on February 17, 2018. I am sure I will accomplish this because I have about a million plus reasons. I just have to be a bit more diligent about extracting them from my heart and posting them here.
Next, I am going to do my level best to post something about him daily to commemorate each day completed of his service (starting with today of course). Maybe just a picture. Or a video. Just something solely about HIM. Hopefully it will help me miss him less – and give me reason to love on him more (not that I need a reason to do that, right?). Imagine how exciting it will be though when we are at Day 725….which will be 5 days from discharge!!!!
Finally, and this is HUGE but when it comes to G.O I am of the opinion that you go big or you go home!! It probably will come as no surprise whatsoever that I have every intention of being in South Korea on Saturday, February 17, 2018 to welcome this dear sweet music man back to civilian life. I live for that moment, indeed! I would like to share the celebration somehow. And the best way I can think of doing that is by offering one dedicated, true-blue, love-him-until-you-die G.O fan the opportunity to be at his discharge also.
Uh…..excuse me noona, what did you just say?! [Oh my, he is so cute, isn’t he??]
What does that translate to exactly you might ask? Well, it means that I will help someone board a plane to Seoul (as in pay for the airfare) to be in attendance at his discharge on February 17, 2018. I have 729 days to save up so I am thinking this is highly do-able! For him, however, any and everything is achievable. There will definitely be some stringent criteria to meet in order to qualify (the first of which is this person will have to be 100% G.O-biased and a dedicated MBLAQ fan – I mean, it only makes sense). I will have some hardcore fangirl background checking to do…hehehehe!
I am still working on all the details which I will continue to clarify and add to these countdown posts.
I know G.O just entered the Army yesterday and all, but I personally need to fulfill a promise I made not only to myself, but to him that I will tirelessly support, honor and love him every day, in every way, whether he is on a stage performing or serving his country.