I’ve been struggling to come up with blog posts recently but I still want to make sure that I post something twice a week. I want to be somewhat consistent on this little blog of mine!
Since it’s almost Cheryl’s birthday then I thought that it would be a nice idea to write an appreciation post, she is the person that I’ve looked up to for most of my teenage years after all and I’ve wanted to do a post like this for sometime now. This just seems like the perfect timing.
Cheryl has been a big part of my life since I properly discovered her in mid to late 2010, whether discovered is the right word or not I’m not sure. It was the time that she was a judge on X Factor and her solo career was kicking off, or had already kicked off but not for long. I’m not entirely sure why or how my younger self decided to become attached and mesmerised by this one celebrity, but it happened, and for that I’m grateful.
When I was younger I would say I was more ‘obsessed’ with Cheryl than ‘appreciative’ of her, but my appreciation for her has definitely grown as the years have gone by. I’m appreciative of her as a person, I’m appreciative of her music, I’m appreciative of everything she does and has done for fans.
During my teenage years (and still to this day to be honest) I’ve been, and still am, appreciative of Cheryl’s music. Every single album, from 3 Words to Only Human, every single song, from Fight For This Love to Only Human. I’m appreciative of them all. Her music has helped to keep me sane during my younger years. The lyrics to certain songs really resonate with me, especially a lot of the songs on her latest album which was released late in 2014.
I’m appreciative of her as a person, who she is and what she stands for. I love that she cares about disadvantaged young people in the area of Newcastle that she grew up in, realising how lucky she is to be in the position she’s in today. She even set up her own trust to help them, known as Cheryl’s Trust, and has also worked with The Prince’s Trust. She’s so caring, so down to earth, so genuine. I’m glad that 12 year old Ashleigh picked Cheryl as someone to look up to, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Despite the negative things that the media may say about Cheryl, or have said about Cheryl in the past, and what others might think of her, being in the fanbase and interacting with Cheryl on Twitter and Instagram makes you see how much she really cares. Not only is she talented, she’s genuine and you can clearly see that she loves and cares about fans. Our fanbase has a great relationship with Cheryl. So no matter what people say about Cheryl, I will always defend her.
If I could be half as decent as Cheryl as I grow older then I would be happy to say the least. She’s an incredible woman who’s taken a lot of crap from the media and the press over her career, yet somehow she’s stronger than ever. She went through her divorce with Ashley with the media watching her and she battled with malaria that same year. I could go on about all her struggles, but I’d be here forever. Cheryl has finally found her happiness now with Liam Payne and I couldn’t be more happy for her. (Check out my post Cheryl and happiness, got to get that self promo in!)
I don’t think I will ever be able to thank Cheryl enough. For her music getting me through some difficult times, to her being her genuine self. I’m just so grateful for her and the interactions I’ve had with her. I’m also grateful for the friends that I have made through her and her fanbase whom I wouldn’t have found without her.
Happy birthday Cheryl, if you ever happen to see this which I doubt you will.
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