The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Of course, like any social group, we fans come in all shapes and sizes. Our emotions, expectations, reactions and outlook on what was, what is and what will be, span the continuum of what is possible, and, maybe sometimes, even the impossible…or maybe not as impossible as it may seem.
After all, at the core, this fan experience is all about being human, both individually and as a human chain of fans reacting, embracing and supporting not only the indisputable artistry but also the exceptionally rare humanity of a unique singer/songwriter, David Archuleta.
We each have our own story as to how we got caught in the ever widening net of David fandom. That story is special to each of us as it tells our origins, our beginnings. Many have shared their unique story and each has a special flavor, a reason for being and a connection to the universe of David fans. Each story strums a harmonious chord on our own heart strings.
For the most part, this is a joyous ride, an ever widening adventure. For sure, like all life experiences, it is rich and full of emotional ups and downs. As fans we have limited impact individually. As fans, if we exist in certain demographics or join certain groups, we have more impact.
As fans some of us have joined in activities that allow us to give voice to our insights, our wants, our needs, our opinions via cyber fan sites, twitter, commenting, charitable works, etc. As fans some of us have connected with other fans in this cyber world to share our ups and downs.
Right now, if we measured the collective fan sentiment on the cyber fans sites on the “Fan-O-Meter,”© we’d see a trend toward down. And this would be completely normal, understandable, and OK to feel that way…expectations unmet do result in feeling down.
We also can feel “down” when we see ourselves with limited avenues to offer “assistance.” For, the need to “help” is strong is all of us…we are caring people who, in my opinion in getting to know the different fan sites and fans over the last two plus years, have a genuine need to help, and especially to take action in times of need.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream not only plan, but also believe. ~ Anatole France
And there is for sure a full out effort in all the arenas we can provide assistance taking place in support of our favorite artist. And, we are participating in those efforts that fit our outlook, our reactions, and our temperament. Kudos to all that everyone does! *major applause and praise*
The upside is that the future, is yet to unfold, it’s uncertain. As one door closes, others open. And we have such a collective sense of absolute certainty, of what the future will be.
And so, one of the big reasons we visit the cyber world as frequently as we choose is to glean information and to either see others’ reactions or to speculate, share our insights, opinions, finds, stories, outlooks…our Ups and our Downs.
I know we each find our comfort when things seem “down” in different arenas and by different methods.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.” ~ Denis Diderot
My comfort is seeing what others are thinking and doing. I’ve received so many unanticipated joys and gifts so far in this fan experience. My passion is also an internal conviction, a belief of what will be for David’s career. When and what form, well, that exists in the “to be continued” realm of this delightful experience of being a David Archuleta fan.
This my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far…
And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest…
The world will be better for this…
To reach the unreachable star
What’s your passion? your comfort? your dream?