To Anyone Who Has Ever Made You Feel Guilty About Loving A Band…

It happens with every new tour, event, or appearance.

“You’re going to see them again?”

“Didn’t you just see them a few months ago?”

“Don’t you get tired of wasting your money on those things?”

Time and time again, we feel like we have to defend ourselves. We think twice about posting cruise countdowns and concert photos because there are always those people that will ask us, judge us, and think we have some “growing up” to do.

Those are also the same people that spend their time regretting what they didn’t do before it was too late.

With the recent passing of music legends like Prince and David Bowie, social media is full of people saying things like “man, I wish I had seen him live” or “I saw him when I was a teenager and always wanted to go back”. Most of these are coming from the same people who seem to question our multiple trips to see the bands we love, our money spent (that isn’t their business), and the promoting we do.

To those people, I say that you have to seize the moments you have.

Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed – for us or, in this case, the Backstreet Boys. We’re aware that Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ, and Nick have been working together for 23 years, that it’s an unprecedented time period for a vocal group from the 90s, and that every concert could be their last. We’re aware that we’re growing older and our responsibilities are growing as well.

We also understand that these events are not only a chance to see our idols one more time, but a chance to see our friends, to create priceless memories, and to live life in the way we want… while we still can.

Some people don’t realize what they have (or could have had) until it’s gone, but some people work hard to enjoy what they can while it’s still happening. Don’t steal the sunshine.

Live life the way you want, but be aware of what you might regret – whether that means skipping an event because you would regret not being able to afford something else or going to every event you can because you’ll regret not doing it while you can.

But please, respect that everyone is simply trying to get their fill of happiness. Everyone is giving back what they feel these artists have given to them …and sometimes, that’s more than we can ever repay. So we show up, we support, and we love them until the end. Without regrets.


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