After BTS’ RM’s Encouragement To #SpeakYourself, People Begin To Share Personal Stories & Struggles On The Internet
BTS’ RM encourages everyone to #SpeakYourself and people are now stepping forward to share their stories to the world.
Representing his group BTS, RM stood before prominent figures at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on September 24, amid the watchful eyes of the world who were witnessing the momentous event via live streams and TV coverage.
In the six-minute long speech, he encouraged people, particularly the youth, to not be afraid to speak up and to let their voices be heard.
“I’m Kim Namjoon and also RM of BTS. I am an idol and I am an artist from a small town in Korea. Like most people, I’ve made many and plenty mistakes in my life. I have many faults and I have many more fears, but I’m gonna embrace myself as hard as I can and I’m starting to love myself gradually, as little by little,” he said, sharing his personal story and inviting other to do the same – to “speak yourself” regardless of “who you are or where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity”, and to “find your name and find your voice”.
Following his lead, many individuals have come forward to share their own stories and personal struggles using Twitter as a platform and the hashtag #SpeakYourself.
So, this is my actual #SpeakYourself . I don’t care if this gets likes, or retweets..this is just my story, thank you for teaching me to love myself and for teaching me to accept myself, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.@BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/QsHhNZ5g5B
— ?지민?9 days☕️ (@Ahr1_1190) September 24, 2018
My name is Deja I’m 17 years old and I’m currently a senior in high school. I suffer from body insecurities and stress. But through the help of bangtan and the Love Yourself series, I’m starting to learn how to love myself and spread that love to others.?#SPEAKYOURSELF
— dsanaam✨ (@_dayyyy) September 24, 2018
— rabbit boy_❣ (@jeonsatellite) September 24, 2018
— ?????? ? (@rosegoldtaes) September 24, 2018
on god im literally so scared but due to the support of my lovely moots and the support of the 7 loves of my life, im here to share my story to show that no one is alone and your story is just as valid as any other- #SPEAKYOURSELF pic.twitter.com/u7OsM9B9uU
— ??????? ♡ (@trviakook) September 25, 2018
My name is Emmett, I’m almost 20 years old, and not only am I a proud fanboy of BTS but I’m also a proud U.S. Navy Sailor.
Throughout all of the intense military training I’ve had to go through, BTS has helped me through it all
and will continue to do so. ?#SpeakYourself
— emmett misses bts (@cerisechim) September 25, 2018
— yes baby ☾ 4 (@uncoverjeons) September 25, 2018
I know that people might not read this. So here i go.
My name is Aishah, 22 years old. The reason why i always said that i don't need father figure in my life is because i lost my virginity when i was 8. To the man who created me. But it's okay. I forgive him. #SPEAKYOURSELF
— a i s h a h (@LEOPARDJOON) September 25, 2018
— Ellie ? 9/8 ~ 9/22 (@jhope4happiness) September 25, 2018
im sam and it's been hard for me to accept my body. i used to cry over skinny idols i came across because my figure wasn't good enough in my eyes. bts has taught me that i am beautiful and that i should love myself because i DESERVE to be loved. im so proud of them #SPEAKYOURSELF
— sam loves yoongs !! (@cuddleminygi) September 25, 2018
I was born and studied in Seoul Korea. I moved to Hong Kong to work at a branch office of a Korean company. I’ve finished MBA course in here and now I’m working in an international company. I love art and music. I’m weak but I’m optimistic. My name is Soo Choi. #SpeakYourself
— Soo Choi (@choi_bts2) September 25, 2018
Hi my name is Tasya and I'm 20. I had a tough time since I was 13, I crumbled with the pressure of people expectations on me, my parents divorced and it has affected me a lot, was a sexual assault victim and I'm struggling with many other personal issues
— tasya ♡ (@_btsya) September 25, 2018
I've been keeping this to myself for years but I think it's time for me to speak. So, this is my story.
special thanks to namjoon for helping me to talk about this. #SpeakYourself pic.twitter.com/lLgzlJc3XY
— ? (@kookmints) September 25, 2018
My name is Fathya. 26 this year, Indonesian, former Japanese govt scholarship awardee, currently a college student majoring Communication Science in pursuit of my dream of being a Producer and also a cyber-bullying survivor because I'm that powerful ? #SpeakYourself pic.twitter.com/bCjWicZrRw
— Fathya Rachmani (@fathman) September 25, 2018
Hi. My name is Rowanna. I am a 41 year old wife, mother, friend & chemical engineer by trade and environmentalist by profession. I’ve never had it easy by any means. I’ve struggled, fought my way & rose above. I rise for myself. I rise for my children. #SpeakYourself
— Rowanna ? (@rowanna_09) September 25, 2018
— lex | au ? (@gwangjuicy) September 25, 2018
I'm Salsa, 21 y.o, living my ordinary life. It took me half a day (from idk how many years) to consider posting this as it might seem like oversharing for some people. But Namjoon said, "Speak yourself," so here I am and here's my story. #SpeakYourself @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/corQ1yQN3p
— Bey (@illegold) September 25, 2018
— terrie (@hobifulera) September 24, 2018
There are several things I certainly wish I could have said better in this, but nothing could compare to the eloquence that is Kim Namjoon.
Here's a piece of myself that I will share to join #speakyourself.
For anyone who's felt the way I did, you're not alone. You are loved. pic.twitter.com/87FNchkcqq
— ALYSSA → LY CITIFIELD (@mrkimvantae) September 24, 2018
Thank you to everyone for finding the courage to #SpeakYourself and inspiring others in the process.
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