Hannah’s Experience of a Lifetime

Our Hannah recently wrote an essay for her English homework. She worked very hard all week on it and Fionnuala and I were so impressed with the end product that we decided to post it on the blog. Well done Hannah, we are all very proud of you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜

It was the day that Shawn Mendes was going to announce his tour dates for his 2019 world tour. I was super excited because I had been waiting for this day since I became a fan of his around a year ago. He announced it on his Instagram story. I remember sitting and waiting for him to post about my city. We were hoping he would go to Belfast but when he didnโ€™t post about Belfast he did post to say that he would be going to Dublin on the 13th April 2019. My Mummy said she would take me to see him in Dublin.

It was 16th May 2018 when the tickets went on sale. I woke early because it was a school day. When I woke up and got ready for school, I went into the living room when I was ready and at 9 a.m. it was time to get the tickets. My mummy rang the place and she got two tickets to see Shawn Mendes in Dublin on the 13th of April. When she hung up the phone, I remember bursting into tears of happiness. I was finally going to see my idol in concert after being a fan of his for a year. I was finally going to hear all my favourite songs live, and I could not wait.

As soon as my Mummy got off the phone, I downloaded a countdown app on my phone. I had to wait 396 days before I could go. After I got the app set up my Mummy booked our hotel and train tickets. Then the waiting started, every day I got more and more excited. I was checking the app any chance I could. I got some new clothes for the concert and we made plans to meet up with my great aunt and uncle. I was following his tour updates on social media daily.

The day was finally here, it was the day we would leave to go to Dublin. I was so excited that I could not sleep the night before. I woke up early that morning and got dressed and finished getting all our stuff together and then my Daddy drove me and my Mummy to the train station. The journey was an hour and a half. I spent that time talking to my Mummy and listening to Shawn Mendes music; making sure I knew every single word to the songs on the setlist which I probably already did but just to make sure. It felt like the longest journey of my life because I was so excited.

When we arrived my Uncle Pat was waiting to help us with our things. When we got our stuff and found him, we all went to a restaurant called Supermacs and got some food. I got chicken and chips, it was amazing. After we ate, we made our way to our hotel. Uncle Pat came to help us with our bags. When we arrived at the hotel Uncle Pat left and we had to wait a bit for our room to be ready. Once we were called, we made our way to our room.

When we got to our room we unpacked and then we chilled for a while. Then we had to get ready because we were meeting up with my Aunt Sue and Uncle Pat for dinner. When we were ready, we walked to the Liffey Bridge and took some photos while we waited for them. When we found them, we made our way to the restaurant. When we got to the restaurant we sat down and ordered our food and drinks. While we were eating, we just talked about everything and I told Sue and Pat a little about who Shawn Mendes is and why I like him so much.

When we finished eating, we decided to go for a walk along Grafton Street and ended up outside Shawnโ€™s hotel. When we turned the corner I just started crying because I was so close to him. There were a couple of other girls there too sitting on the ground waiting for something to happen but nothing did so we decided to leave. When we left, we took the Luas back to the hotel. I loved it, I didnโ€™t want to get off as it was so easy to get on and off. When we got off the Luas we said goodnight to Sue and Pat and headed into our hotel. When we got into the room we got ready for bed and laid there and talked for a while because I could not sleep because I was too excited so we listened to some Shawn Mendes music and I finally fell asleep.

When I woke up the next morning, I was so excited because I would finally be seeing my idol for the very first time. I got out of bed and got dressed, then my Mummy and I headed out to get some breakfast. We went on the Luas again and went into the Jervis shopping centre and we found a nice restaurant and ordered our food. When we finished up our food we went for a walk and got on the Luas again and went up to Shawnโ€™s hotel again.

Not long after we got there a car stopped outside. The doors opened and Shawn Mendes came running out of the car and into his hotel. I could not believe my eyes; I was star struck. I started crying again. I composed myself and got my breath back but I was still in shock. I couldnโ€™t speak, I kept staring into space completely out of it. A little while later my Aunt and Uncle came again, and we went to go get a cup of tea because it was really cold. When we got to the place and got some tea I got a muffin and talked for a while. I was still in shock.

After we ate and drank our tea, we did a bit of shopping. I got a flower crown for the concert because the album he was touring with had a flower themed cover. After we finished shopping we went out for lunch at a nice restaurant with lovely food and sat and talked. When we finished talking, we got the Luas back to the hotel to get ready for the concert. When we got into our room, I got changed into my concert clothes. I was wearing a white t shirt with Shawn Mendes written across it in black writing, a pink and white jacket with his last name and his year of birth, 98, on the back, and a pair of leggings; not forgetting my flower crown. After I got dressed, I did my makeup. When me and my mummy both got ready, we went outside to get the Luas again to go to the arena.

When we got there, we had to wait for a while to be able to get in. When we got in everyone was given a bracelet that would change colour after every song. I then went to the merch stand and got a tour shirt, a rose that lights up when he would sing, and a wristband. We then got some drinks and headed into the arena. It looked absolutely amazing with the stage and in the middle of the arena hanging from the ceiling was a big LED light up rose and a second stage where he would be singing some songs later on.

We got settled in our seats and talked and waited for the opening act to come on. Once the lights went down, I screamed with excitement for the opening act. Her name was Alessia Cara, she was an amazing choice for an opening act. She really got the crowd excited for Shawn coming on. She sang for about 30 minutes and then went off. The lights went down again and I got goose bumps all over, then a beam of light hit the staircase and Shawn Mendes walked up the steps.

I screamed so loud that he could probably hear me from where he was standing. He started singing the first song and I danced and sang so much. When he was singing a more quiet song I screamed I love you to him, then a bunch of people screamed it and he said I love you too but Iโ€™m taking it as he was talking to me.

My favourite songs that he sang were called Mutual, Particular Taste, and Why. When he sang those songs I danced, sang and cried. At one point during the concert I saw his videographer behind me and my Mummy recording something and a couple of seats down from us was Shawnโ€™s best friend controlling one of the cameras. When it got to the final song, In My Blood, I just cried because that song means a lot to me in so many ways and when the confetti came up over the crowd I just cried because I was sad it was over. But also happy because that was the best concert I have ever been to in my entire life.

Once I composed myself, we left the arena and we were both hungry so we went to Supermacs again. This time I had an amazing burger and the most amazing chips, we brought it back to our hotel and ate them in bed. We then talked about the concert for a while, then we went to sleep.

The next morning when I woke up, I was really sad because the concert was over and we had to go home later that day. I got up and dressed and then we went out to get some breakfast, we went to Starbucks. After we finished eating, we went to a couple of shops and bought some things and went for a walk around Dublin. We then headed back to the hotel.

When we got back to the hotel we finished packing our stuff and then headed down to check out of our room. We then met up with Sue and Pat and got on the Luas one last time. Pat joked with me that I should be a Luas driver when I leave school until the train came. We said goodbye to Sue and Pat and got on the train. I was listening to Shawnโ€™s music on the way back and it sounded different from when I listened to it before the concert, a good different though.

When we got back my Daddy picked us up from the train station and I was super sad because I wanted to go back to Dublin. We got home and I showed my family all the stuff I got and gave them the stuff we got them. My Mummy made we a big video and put all the videos of the concert together. She uploaded it onto Youtube, it now has over 1,000 views and counting

My Shawn Mendes concert experience was the most amazing experience I have ever had in my life. The concert was the best day of my entire life I am so grateful that my Mummy made the video for me to look back on whenever I want. It really helps me feel better when Iโ€™m down and I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

40 thoughts on “Hannah’s Experience of a Lifetime

  1. Darn it. Hannah, Now I’m going to have to find a comfy chair and find that video and watch it with you! I can admit that I’m older than your parents, so I don’t think I’ve heard anything of Mr. Mendes’ – but who knows, you may have just created a fan! Keep writing, you paint pictures with words so well!

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      1. Well, now you’ve done it – I have a new (to me) artist to follow! Seriously, that was one of the most incredible shows I’ve ever seen, and I”m all teary watching your reactions, Miss Hannah! I don’t think you could have looked any happier – unless he managed to stop by. Delighted you had this magnificent experience.

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  2. Seriously one of the best blog posts I’ve ever read! Maybe you’ll end up as a writer life your dad. ๐Ÿค” I’m glad you had such an awesome time.

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