This letter may seem strange, but it is something I have been thinking about for a while now and have been meaning to write for ages. As it is #PaulaAbdulWeek2013 next week, I thought that writing it for that would be the most ideal time. I really just wanted to show you all how much #Pamily and the whole Saula fandom has changed my life! Also how much you all mean to me! Also how much the #Pamily affects me everyday. For example in the last 3 weeks, I have spent 3 days in Chester and Manchester with Kate, a day in London with Val and 8 days visiting Bernou in Holland. The rest of time around this is chatting to many others online. Plus the reason I went to Manchester for an interview for a langauge school in Lisbon (no prizes for guessing what influenced that application or career choice! lol).
Also, I have changed so much in the last few years. Firstly, I used to be more Simon than Paula, personality wise and now I am now more the other way around. 5 years ago, if you told me where I would be now and what I would be doing, I would not believe you. Also I know many people have said (including Simon many times in auditions) that 30 seconds can change your life, I didn’t really used to believe it. Now I do. 4 years ago on 17th May 2013 this happened on BGT and everything changed from then on.
I know everyone has different stories of how they became fans, and this is mine: I was a fan of Simon’s, but not like I am now. When I saw this, I had no clue who Paula was and looked up the following on YouTube to find out: “Simon Cowell Paula American Idol”. Of course this just bought up 1000s of Saula videos. I watched then from 10pm until 7am the following morning and became obsessed literally over night. The more I learnt about both of them the more I became more of a fan of each of them. No matter what happens, and no matter where Saula leads, that is how I will always be. To me being a Saula fan is being a fan of them both apart as well as them together.
Anyway, 4 & 1/2 years ago I was training to be a PE teacher, and that had been my dream since I was 8 years old. I loved holidays abroad, but didn’t care too much about travelling. I was also very naive when it came to media, etc. I feel like I used to live in a little bubble before and now the fandom has burst that bubble. Now I no longer want to be a PE teacher (long story), I now want to teach English and travel the world. I love learning about cultures and seeing countries. Also I have such a better understanding of the world and the media.
I decided to compile a list of 25 ways that the #Pamily has changed my life. I am sure this is many that most people reading this will understand and relate to this too.
1 – I love travelling, my poor passport is completely over used. In 4 weeks, I am going abroad for the 6th time in 2 years. Oh… and don’t understand people who say things like “I don’t think I will leave the hotel”! :0
3 – As I would probably be a PE teacher, I wouldn’t have taught English, therefore wouldn’t have worked for Bell International and met all the great students and staff. Including my boyfriend who I have been with a year and met at the company.
5 – My geography and world history has definitely improved. I now know about countries which I never knew even existed before. I also know traditions and cultures that most people are unaware of.
[A history and geography lesson from Laura]
6 – My knowledge of London wouldn’t be too good, as I wouldn’t have met Val who has to keep helping me and wouldn’t have showed other fans around. Also I wouldn’t have ever found the need to go to either Hammersmith or Kensington ;)
8 – I feel like I have a massive world family. Not just the #Pamily itself, but whenever I visit people I feel like I get adopted into the family while I am there. [Trust me if you visit me, that will happen to you too]
9 – I wouldn’t have met as many celebrities as I have now; including Simon (twice), Louis Walsh, Alaxandra Burke, Fearne Cotton, Dermot O’Leary (twice), Amanda Holden, Ant & Dec (3 times), Alesha Dixon (5 times), David Walliams (4 times), etc. [There are a lot more, but I could be here all day!]
[Oh don't forget the video ;) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OdhmbFy3v8 ]
14 – I only knew who Julia (i.e. Simon’s make up artist) was through Saula fans, and how I got ‘The Book’ signed (which was later vandalised by Louis Walsh who drew devil horns on Simon’s head!)
[Yes, he got the name wrong, apparently Julia's not the best at lip reading, lol]
18 – I think I should start a stamp collection. I get so much great post (‘mail’ in American English) all the time, with the most sweet letters, cards and gifts!
[A postcard which Nona sent me last year lol]
21 – I now realise how much fiction is in the media. In fact I presented a whole presentation for University about this, and got a B+, lol
[Actually from the presentation, and yes I really did highlight it all in colour coded colours]
24 – Most importantly if it wasn’t for that video I would have never had the opportunity to speak to so many amazing people from all around the world, who despite not meeting, I now regard as good friends!
[I was trying to include everyone in the photos]
25 – Oh and of course I wouldn’t have all the amazing memories from the last 2 years, if it wasn’t for everyone I have met! ….
This is a video I put together of these memories. I thought the song was quite appropriate, if you take the lyrics out of the context they were meant for, lol.
So a special thank you…
[Espeically Val (@valpanna) who I have spent so many days with I can't keep count, and who means the world to me!
...and of course to everyone else: Jane (@Janey_1986), Livia, Katia, Steph, Marci, Eloise and Rochelle (@RochelleJFS). Sorry I can't remember everyone's new Twitter names]
…OK I have rambled on enough now.
Love you all! <3