Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why It's Time to Move On Originally Posted May 23, 2014

Yeah, my brain never shuts off. I have just accepted it. For those who have known me for awhile, know that I am a huge New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) fan.  In self fan proclaimed words, a Blockhead. To get you up to speed, they reunited as a band in 2008, which reignited the spark for so many of us who experience them in the late 1980s, early 1990s.  For me, I was exposed to them through a babysitter who was a fan back then. They broke up as a band in 1994, and left us to grow up and live our lives. Thus, the nostalgia of the reunion aligned well for everybody involved 15 years later. In 2008, I was not in a good head space as well as stressed out with the life of a college student. Thus, I needed a distraction. I will admit, it became a bit of an obsession to get me away of the negativity and stress surrounding me on a daily basis. This is also back when I didn't know I suffer from severe Anxiety and OCD/ADD tendencies. Fast forward to present day, it's 6 years into this "reunion", and to be honest the excitement has worn off. Don't get me wrong, I have met/acquired some great friends through this common bond. NKOTB has provided us with valuable concerts, events, and experiences. One that I will be embarking on in the coming weeks in fact. However, it's really time to move on. Yes, these are the words that used to piss me off I used to get from family and friends so misunderstanding of me being a fan. The money spent on these experiences by the countless fans new and old over that past six years, has contributed to the disconnect a band can have with fans. Music isn't a priority in NKOTB eyes, like it used to be, but rather how much to charge for VIP and concerts with the same set lists. The interaction on Twitter and other social media, has become different in my eyes. The "family" we have been labeled as from the band members is in reality just not reality. I have been screwed over by other "BHs", and seen the same to friends. There is countless other drama had by these "adults", and yet despite claims of not liking the behavior, it has continued. When you realize that your priorities to stay a fan have changed, or you have other interests, you realize it's time to move on.  The passion isn't there anymore, which makes it hard to justify remaining the same.

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