Fan-mily (n.): Fans who have become friends who have become family
When What Happens On The Backstreet began 3 years ago, we jokingly referred to all of us as one big fan-mily. The joke stuck and perhaps that’s because it wasn’t a joke at all.
Every single one of us who has been a Backstreet Boys fan for any length of time has a story about someone you have met because you’re a fan or someone you were already friends with and have grown up being fans together. There’s something special about those relationships, just as there is something special about being a fan of a 25 year old band in itself.
We’re only in the third month of 2018, but we’re already getting the vibe that it’s going to be a special year. And we can’t enjoy that year without each other. Just like the Boys need us, we need each other.
Here’s the thing – no one understands being a fan unless you are a fan. No one understands being part of the Backstreet fan-mily like a Backstreet fan, no matter how long you’ve been a part of it. It’s been years of memories, concerts, events, music, and more. While we wouldn’t have had these things without Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick, but we wouldn’t have had these things without each other either.
Here’s the thing…
There are fans all over the world.
Every one of us looks different.
Every one of us has different backgrounds.
Every one of us has different relationship statuses.
Every one of us has different dreams, goals, jobs, etc.
All of this is OKAY…
But none of that has to do with being a Backstreet Boys fan.
Despite all of our differences, we’ve come together for these five…BECAUSE of these five… and we have come to know just as much about each other as we have the Backstreet Boys themselves. This is a fan-mily.
For some of us, being a fan is a hobby and a pastime. For some of us, being a fan gives us an excuse to go on a girls trip or drag our significant others into something new. For some of us, the music has saved us. For some of us, it’s one Boy that made the difference and the rest is just a perk.
Whatever it is that put you here, remember it and don’t EVER let someone who doesn’t understand it make you feel bad for it. Don’t let anyone shame you for things that are irrelevant to you being a Backstreet Boys supporter. Don’t let someone take away your happy. You weren’t a fan this long to give it up because of something someone else said or something someone else did. You were never a fan because someone told you to be so why would you stop because someone told you you were wrong? Please. You didn’t come this far to start missing out now.
And whenever you feel yourself forgetting these things, re-read this post. Find a fan-mily member to remind you of the good times and all the fun, all the moments, and the love that is left to be shared. We’ll be here and there are thousands more as well, waiting to protect each other, waiting to scream together, waiting to be adults who support some amazingly talented dudes.
The Backstreet Boys may have 25 years under their belt but they’re only getting started….and so are we. Be there for each other. Share these things together.
You’re not going to want to miss this. ❤