It’s not every day we get to witness a K-pop girl group celebrate their 7th anniversary. But Girls’ Generation has made it possible for us, Sones, to witness a day like this. Girls’ Generation, from the beginning till now, has come thus far in one beautiful, solid piece.
Sometimes, it hits me, just how miraculous a group like Girls’ Generation is. To begin with, the decision to put Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun together in a group is somewhat a miracle in itself. Just what were the odds? If we were to take a step back and just think of how they came to be, we’d be amazed by the way things turned out.
Take Jessica, Hyoyeon and Sooyoung for example. The members with the longest training period. Many things could have happened during their lengthy training period. Jessica could have decided to return to America. Hyoyeon could have decided to become a professional dancer. Sooyoung could have continued as Route θ. Then there’s Taeyeon. She revealed on ‘Star Golden Bell’ that she had done a disappearing act prior to debut because of how tough the training was. Had she not returned…
Just think about it. Any decision, choice or act from any of the nine girls, could have led to a different reality, seven years down the road. Yet, it is these nine girls who made the cut. It is these nine girls who became the group called Girls’ Generation. And it is these nine girls who bonded, teamed up and roughed it out to become the Girls’ Generation that we know and love.
Some might explain it with a single word. Fate. A simple yet profound word that we use when circumstances are beyond our control. And indeed, fate plays a part. How else can we explain how all of them ended up in SM instead of another company?
But fate, no matter how fated, can only do this much. Clearly, the nine members played the bigger part that boosted them to greater distances, greater heights. And it is unimaginable, just how much sacrifice, compromise and suffering it took for nine different individuals to be together in an industry as critical as this one.
“If I end up showering first, I shower really quickly for the sake of the other tired members.” – Lee Soonkyu (Night Star Ep.27, 2010)
If even one member didn’t learn to be selfless and supportive enough, Girls’ Generation would never have made it to this date. But just like a family, they shared a common living space for years. Just like a family, they had their fights, quarrels, arguments, ups and downs.
“There are many incidents where the unnies and I had disagreements…we disagreed on little things. But I learned a lot through those arguments.” – Seo Juhyun (Win Win Ep.11, 2010)
“Indeed, we are nine girls, so sometimes there are nine different opinions which can be a problem. But we always find a solution. We have never come to blows. Some of us have known each other for 10 to 13 years, so we know each other pretty well.” – Kim Taeyeon & Choi Sooyoung (Press Conference @ Paris, 9th February 2012)
And just like a family, they found a way to resolve their problems and stayed together, in spite of it all. So this is why all of them refer to their fellow members not just as colleagues or friends but sisters.
“Although she departed from me first, she left me with eight sisters. So I want to thank both my mom and God..” – Tiffany (Stephanie) Hwang (KJE’s Chocolate, 16th Aug 2009)
“You asked us about teamwork, but really there is no secret. We just live like sisters.” – Choi Sooyoung (source unknown)
Nine different individuals have learnt to love one another and it shows. On a personal note, it was this ‘Soshi bond’ that drew me to Girls’ Generation. It was this display of closeness that set them apart from others, in my eyes. No doubt, as entertainers, they perform excellently on stage and are a spectacular sight to behold but what ultimately draws not just me, but many Sones deeper into Girls’ Generation is ‘Soshi bond’. The fact that this term exists is proof enough.
Let me put it this way. There are countless powerhouse vocalists and impressive dancers in this world, but how often do we get to see true friendship and sisterhood being forged in this way?
“Every single member is so precious to me and like family to me.. I may joke around with them a lot but I can’t talk to them solemnly..because it’s awkward for me. But on the inside, I really do think of each one of you a lot and I want you all to know that.” – Kim Hyoyeon (Taeyeon’s Chin Chin Radio, 13th January 2009).
“When there are moments of hurt and times of sadness, I’ve come to find that there is no one but these nine people here. Even really close oppas or manager oppas..if they’re not in SNSD, no one really knows and understands. There were so many times like that and I wish that there anymore moments like these that brings us to tears… I love you, our SNSD.” – Kim Taeyeon (Taeyeon’s Chin Chin Radio, 13th January 2009).
“It’s really hard when we have a full schedule since we aren’t able to sleep, so we get emotionally and physically tired. But every time that happens, I see that the other eight members are performing as much as I am while being as tired as I am. They, being my members, are my companions, and I get the strength to continue on. I just get strength from them because we’re together.” – Jessica Jung (Star Life Theater Ep 11)
What makes Girls’ Generation truly precious to Sones is ‘Soshi bond’. So above and beyond all the accolades they have won, the success they have achieved and the glory they have brought to their country, this is what we want to remember.
“Nine people who are very different from each other, have now become one.” – Choi Sooyoung (Golden Disk Award, 10th Dec 2010)
In Soshi bond we believe.
In Soshi bond we celebrate.