Into the New World




The thing about looking back on our life so far is: we know it is worth it when we have made friends for a lifetime. They are those precious people we met at some point in our life, people whom we practically and emotionally grew up together with, people whom we have been through the good and the bad with, people who always stay there when the others come and go in our life. They are people who may not being with us twenty-four seven yet whenever we are with them, it seems like forever. They are people who no matter how far they have been and how long they have gone, they would come back eventually. They are people whom we share inside silly jokes and same old routines with, people who make us feel like we never got older though we have grown up. They are people whom we share our deepest secret, darkest fear, and most hidden dream with. They are people who make us feel at home whenever we are with them. They are people whom we have spent years with yet it is still counting. They are our beginning and our ending. They are the strength as well as the door towards the new world. And with them, we are able to hold our head high, and while holding hands together, we come into the new world; together, for always, and until forever.

Don't wait for a particular miracle; there is this rough road in front of us. With the unknown future and obstacles, yet I won’t change. I can’t give up. With the unchangeable love, protect me and even my wounded heart too. Looking in your eyes, no words are needed. Time has stopped.” –Girls’ Generation, Into The New World (다시 만난 세계)

In order to celebrate the 10th debut anniversary of the first Korean girl group that I ever loved, Girls’ Generation (also well-known as SNSD), I would like to present this piece of writing. This is about the song titled “Into The New World (다시 만난 세계)”, which is the debut single of Girls’ Generation. It was released on August 2nd 2007, and was later included on the group’s self-titled debut album which was released on November 1st 2007. The dance pop track was written by Kim Jeong Bae and Kenzie. Lyrically, this legendary girl group’s song suits well for a debut hit. It touches me so when the girls performed the intro in harmonization while standing in a circle on their concert stage. Moreover, the ballad version of “Into The New World (다시 만난 세계)” is very heartfelt. Hence it is the perfect song for this moment. Though there are only eight of them now, there are always nine of them deep inside my heart. Congratulations for the 10th debut anniversary! Right now, it’s Girls’ Generation! In the future, it’s Girls’ Generation! Forever, Girls’ Generation!


"Into the New World" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Friends are easy to make, yet true and real friends are hard to find. And when we finally find friends like that, we got to keep them, protect them, and cherish them for they are precious diamond we rarely find in this harsh life. When we finally find friends like that, we have to be grateful, be thankful, and feel blessed for they are meaningful treasure we dearly obtain in this rough world. “Even though those sad times have already passed, I would like to tell you all. Close your eyes and feel it; just how you affect my mind, and the way you attract my gaze.” They are people who are like a miracle for us. They are people who shine bright upon our dark times, people who bring smile and laughter upon our sad days. They are people who give strength towards our weakness, people who hold our hands towards facing the obstacles and hurdles. They are people who give faith for not giving up. “Don't wait for a particular miracle; there is this rough road in front of us. With the unknown future and obstacles, yet I won’t change. I can’t give up.”
Friends are easy to make, yet true and real friends are hard to find. Time will judge whether they are true and real. And when we realize that we finally have friends like that, we are always willing to give it all for them since they are always willing to do the same for us. Time will judge whether the love we share is everlasting. And when we realize that we finally have that kind of love, we are always willing to protect it, through the good and the bad, for better and for worse. “With the unchangeable love, protect me and even my wounded heart too. Looking in your eyes, no words are needed. Time has stopped.” They are people who can make us feel the warmth just by looking at their eyes, people who can make us feel strong just by hearing their voice. They are people who can make us feel safe when sharing our anxiety. Through their presence, we don’t feel lonely though we are alone. “Whenever I’m alone in this dark night, I could feel your soft breath. It warmly entwines me through your presence in this moment; I want you to know all my anxiety.”
Friends are easy to make, yet true and real friends are hard to find. They are the people who give more meaning towards our existence, people who stand by us through the hardships in life, people who walk beside us along the long journey. They are people who are there during the difficult times. Hence they are people whom we would like to be there during the successful times. “I love you, this feeling, just like this, the long awaited end of wandering. Towards the endless sadness of this world, now I say goodbye. Walking among many unknown paths, I follow a dim light. It's something we'll do together to the end, into my new world; into our new world.” They become the source of our spirit, the sanctuary, and the safe haven. They become the home. Through every importand and significant stage in life, we are together. And time has judged; and we will always be like this with them, for always and until forever. “I get stronger just by thinking about you; it helps me so that I won't cry. We are together, feeling this moment; into our new world.”


Girls' Generation in the music video of "Into the New World" | source: SM Entertainment

Friends are the family we choose. There are some people in my life that I would like to give credit to whenever it comes to this matter. All of the best girl friends I have: Dian Arymami, Anggie Pradani, Roziana Hasnun, Syaifa Tania, Destiathree Supardi, Lidwina Mutia, Mufti Nurlatifah, Cut Medika, Karla Sekar Arum, Amalia Ajeng Damayanti, Alief Nurunnahdliyah, Fania Zettira, Azizah Laurensia, Syakira Maharani, Sumayya Basir, Dian Dwi Anisa, Caca Astrilia, Ari Kesuma Dewi, Ussy Yusrina, Dwi Desty Yuristiyani, Icha Fadilla, Shaina Putri, Saila Muti Rezcan, and Herwandhani. They are family to me. They were there through my important and significant stages in life, and they will always be. And also the best partner, Vidi Mahatma; he means the world to me. He is my only family that I got to choose. And together, we will come into our new world. Lastly, of course, Girls’ Generation; I will always love them for who they really are, particularly the innocent, cheerful, and forever one-true-nine. Though things have changed now, my sincere love will never change.

I love you, this feeling, just like this, the long awaited end of wandering. Towards the endless sadness of this world, now I say goodbye. Walking among many unknown paths, I follow a dim light. It's something we'll do together to the end, into our new world.” –Girls’ Generation, Into The New World (다시 만난 세계)





전해 주고 싶어 슬픈 시간이 흩어진 후에야 들리지만
(Jeonhae jugo shipeo seulpeun shigani da heuteojin hueya deullijiman)
((Even though those sad times have already passed, I would like to tell you all))
눈을 감고 느껴 움직이는 마음 너를 향한 눈빛을
(Nuneul gamkko neukkyeo bwa umjigineun maeum neoreul hyanghan nae nunppicheul)
((Close your eyes and feel it, just how you affect my mind, and the way you attract my gaze))
특별한 기적을 기다리지 눈앞에선 우리의 거친 길은
(Teukbyeolhan gijeogeul gidariji ma nunapeseon uriye geochin gireun)
((Don't wait for a particular miracle, there is this rough road in front of us))
없는 미래와 바꾸지 않아 포기할 없어
(Al su eomneun miraewa byeok bakkuji ana pogihal su eopseo)
((With the unknown future and obstacles, yet I won’t change, I can’t give up))
변치 않을 사랑으로 지켜 상처 입은 맘까지
(Byeonchi aneul sarangeuro jikyeo jweo sangcheo ibeun nae mamkkaji)
((With the unchangeable love, protect me and even my wounded heart too))
시선 속에서 말은 필요 없어 멈춰져 버린 시간
(Shiseon sogeseo mareun piryo eopseo meomchweojeo beorin i shigan)
((Looking in your eyes, no words are needed, time has stopped))

사랑해 느낌 이대로 그려 왔던 헤매임의
(Saranghae neol i neukkim idaero geuryeo watteon hemaeime kkeut)
((I love you, this feeling, just like this, the long awaited end of wandering))
세상 속에서 반복되는 슬픔 이젠 안녕
(I sesang sogeseo banbokttweneun seulpeum ijen annyeong)
 ((Towards the endless sadness of this world, now I say goodbye))
수많은 없는 속에 희미한 빛을 쫓아가
(Sumaneun al su eomneun gil soge himihan bicheul nan jjochaga)
((Walking among many unknown paths, I follow a dim light))
언제까지라도 함께하는 거야 다시 만난 나의 세계
(Eonjekkajirado hamkkehaneun geoya dashi mannan naye sege)
((It's something we'll do together to the end, into my new world))

특별한 기적을 기다리지 눈앞에선 우리의 거친 길은
(Teukbyeolhan gijeogeul gidariji ma nunapeseon uriye geochin gireun)
((Don't wait for a particular miracle, there is this rough road in front of us))
없는 미래와 바꾸지 않아 포기할 없어
(Al su eomneun miraewa byeok bakkuji ana pogihal su eopseo)
((With the unknown future and obstacles, yet I won’t change, I can’t give up))
변치 않을 사랑으로 지켜 상처 입은 맘까지
(Byeonchi aneul sarangeuro jikyeo jweo sangcheo ibeun nae mamkkaji)
((With the unchangeable love, protect me and even my wounded heart too))
시선 속에서 말은 필요 없어 멈춰져 버린 시간
(Shiseon sogeseo mareun piryo eopseo meomchweojeo beorin i shigan)
((Looking in your eyes, no words are needed, time has stopped))

사랑해 느낌 이대로 그려 왔던 헤매임의
(Saranghae neol i neukkim idaero geuryeo watteon hemaeime kkeut)
((I love you, this feeling, just like this, the long awaited end of wandering))
세상 속에서 반복되는 슬픔 이젠 안녕
(I sesang sogeseo banbokttweneun seulpeum ijen annyeong)
((Towards the endless sadness of this world, now I say goodbye))
수많은 없는 속에 희미한 빛을 쫓아가
(Sumaneun al su eomneun gil soge himihan bicheul nan jjochaga)
((Walking among many unknown paths, I follow a dim light))
언제까지라도 함께하는 거야 다시 만난 우리의
(Eonjekkajirado hamkkehaneun geoya dasi mannan uriye)
((It's something we'll do together to the end, into our new world))

이렇게 까만 홀로 느끼는 그대의 부드러운 숨결이
(Ireoke kkaman bam hollo neukkineun geudaeye budeureoun sumkkyeori)
((Whenever I’m alone in this dark night, I could feel your soft breath))
순간 따스하게 감겨 오네 모든 나의 떨림 전할래
(I sungan ttaseuhage gamgyeo one modeun naye tteollim jeonhallae)
((It warmly entwines me through your presence in this moment, I want you to know all my anxiety))

사랑해 느낌 이대로 그려 왔던 헤매임의
(Saranghae neol i neukkim idaero geuryeo watteon hemaeime kkeut)
((I love you, this feeling, just like this, the long awaited end of wandering))
세상 속에서 반복되는 슬픔 이젠 안녕
(I sesang sogeseo banbokttweneun seulpeum ijen annyeong)
((Towards the endless sadness of this world, now I say goodbye))
생각만 해도 강해져 울지 않게 나를 도와
(Neol saenggangman haedo nan ganghaejeo ulji anke nareul dowa jweo)
((I get stronger just by thinking about you, it helps me so that I won't cry))
순간의 느낌 함께하는 거야 다시 만난 우리의
(I sungane neukkim hamkkehaneun geoya dashi mannan uriye)
((We are together, feeling this moment, into our new world))

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