First off, let me start by saying that getting to see anyone you've been following for a long time in concert is amazing.
They're literally standing right in front of you in the flesh, living and breathing. They're real. And you can't believe it.
But, what's even better is getting to see an artist that you've been following since your childhood years.
I had the absolute pleasure of getting to see Jesse McCartney, and man, what a show that was.
He looks just the same as he did in 2008, so what's his secret to aging? That's what I want to know.
Jesse was most popular when I was in middle school, so I was between the ages of 11 and 13. I don't know about you, but when I was 12, I didn't understand the lyrics of the songs I was singing, I just liked them because they were fast-paced and fun to dance to.
When I saw Jesse, I couldn't help but laugh at most of the songs he played, because let's be honest, most of his songs (Shake and Body Language) are about girls and hooking up. When you're 12, those lyrics fly right over your head, but when you're 21 nearly 22, you realize how dirty those songs were and wonder why the hell you didn't realize it sooner.
You also never really realize how boy-bandish your childhood artists really are until you're older.
Jesse had the matching sweatsuit, dance moves and special effects that scream BOY BAND (or N-Sync...which is kind of what he reminded me of.)
On a serious note, while watching a childhood favorite can be funny, it's also surreal and bittersweet.
Realizing that you have basically grown up with that artist can be depressing because not only is it a sign that they have grown up, but that you have grown up, too.
When you look around and realize that all of the people attending the show are the same age as you, you realize that they too were once 12-years-old, dancing around the room and singing along to all the pop songs that we won't forget.
It's a look back on your childhood to remind you of the simpler times, but also a proud moment if you're like me and never thought you would be doing the things you're doing now.
I never thought I'd see Jesse McCartney live, or any other of my childhood favorites like Boys Like Girls, the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus or Demi Lovato, but I did and I am so thankful.
On a side note, Jesse ended the show with Beautiful Soul. Hearing a room full of 20 and 30 something-year-olds sing that right back to him gave me chills. It's something I never thought I would see and I'm blessed that I got to witness it.
It's a night for the books, that's for sure.