From Our Readers: "I Met Shawn Mendes and It Was the Best Thing Ever!"
Every fangirl would understand the truth that meeting your idol is the biggest thing that can ever happen to you as a supporter. It's what you have been waiting for since day one and what you're looking forward to every single day. It's one thing if they notice your existence on social media, but being face to face and even conversing with them is on another level entirely.
Everyone told me that it's an impossible dream, but I never gave up because of one reason: it's one of my biggest dreams, and no one ever gives up on their dreams.
This dream of mine came true recently during the #ShawnWorldTourManila and it was undeniably one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.
I am very proud to confess that I may be one of Shawn's very first fans. I knew him ever since he was just a Viner, when he was still doing covers of his favorite artists' songs, and just living like an ordinary teenager. I was already his big supporter back then. Even before, I knew that he would make it big because of his talent. Years have passed and I stayed with him, supporting him just like all of his fans. Suddenly, everyone knew him because of "Stitches" and "Treat You Better".
The moment Shawn announced a tour date in Manila, I already got so excited to see him perform live. I told my mom that I would really buy a ticket no matter what happens. Initially, only the first fifty people could get a pass for his meet and greet. I had a test that day so I had given up. Then his website called Shawn Access sent me an email saying that I could avail a VIP upgrade. Without thinking twice, I bought my meet and greet pass right away. I was praying so hard, hoping so badly that I could get in. I did and I felt so victorious!
The night before the concert, I was feeling really anxious. I could not contain my emotions because I really couldn't believe that it was happening. I spent so much time thinking of the pose I should do in my photo with him and of course, I listened to all his songs (as if I haven't memorized all of them already!). I couldn't even sleep because I was feeling excited and nervous, too. I decided to watch a compilation of his Vines on YouTube and I ended up crying. I felt so proud of who he is now, because he's really come a long way and he deserves everything.
I couldn't even sleep because I was feeling excited and nervous, too. I decided to watch a compilation of his Vines on YouTube and I ended up crying. I felt so proud about who he is now, because he's really come a long way and he deserves everything.
On the day of the concert, I tried to look my best. I felt like I was having a bad case of first day of school jitters. It was overwhelming to see a lot of fans lining up. There were even fans from Thailand, Taiwan, Russia, and Malaysia. We waited for about two hours and sang his songs while we were at it.
When we got to the room (finally!), we were told that we're not allowed to take out our phones. I stood there thinking of those four years of waiting to meet him. My sister went in first so I was left there feeling anxious on my own. The person in charge of the lines noticed that I was feeling very nervous so he asked me if I was feeling excited. I told him that I felt like crying. I tried to hold back my tears so I won't ruin my makeup for the photo, but I failed.
The moment he told me it was my turn, I walked through the door and I really couldn't believe my eyes. Shawn Mendes, my crush, my idol, my inspiration, was standing right in front of me, waving and smiling. He was so tall and handsome. I froze because I couldn't contain my feelings. Before I knew it, I was already tearing up in front of him. The next thing I knew, he was holding out his arms and was offering to give me a huge hug. I rushed to him and hugged him. We hugged for about five seconds and then we took a photo. I hugged him again and told him how big of a fan I was and that I'll forever be one. He thanked me and we said our goodbyes.
Before I knew it, I was already tearing up in front of him. The next thing I knew, he was holding out his arms and was offering to give me a huge hug. I rushed to him and hugged him. We hugged for about five seconds and then we took a photo. I hugged him again and told him how big of a fan I was and that I'll forever be one. He thanked me and we said our goodbyes.
When I stepped out of the room, I immediately cried my heart out. It really felt like a dream. Until now, it still feels like a dream. The show started after a few hours, and it was a series of crying, screaming how much I love him, taking photos and videos of him, and singing along to my favororite songs (all of his songs!).
I cried so hard when he sang "A Little Too Much" because that song was really my source of comfort when I found it difficult to adjust in college during my first year. He ended the night performing "Stitches" and it was magical.
I could remember every detail and I wouldn't want to forget anything. Shawn was everything I hoped him to be. He may be in a different country now, touring and meeting other fans and it might take me a while to meet him again, but one thing is for sure: I will always be one of those fans who will be there to support him. No matter where his music will take him.
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