EVERY one of us, at some point in our lives, are going to be faced with a situation in which we have to be professional, when really, we want to run and scream like our teenage selves.
For some people, it might be meeting the sports star they idolised as a child, or the actor whose face they plastered across bedroom walls.
For me, that moment happened yesterday when I came face to face with my favourite brothers in the world (apart from my own, of course) – Hanson.
See how it all panned out in the video above
Isaac (31), Taylor (29) and Zac (26) are out in Aus to promote their latest album Shout it Out, performing sold-out gigs all across the country to fans as fanatical as myself.
Interviewing them was a moment I have dreamt of for a long time. After all, they walked with me through all the awkward stages of my life – through moving towns, leaving home for university, make-ups, break-ups, parties, weddings and long car trips.
I own a significant portion of the 16 million CDs they’ve sold worldwide, I held up a poster in my year 12 muck up day photo saying ‘Hanson Forever’, and when I turned 18 the first thing I did was go to an over 18’s Hanson concert.
I have been known to play their songs over loud speakers, I jump on every opportunity to preach about their music, and I’d like to think I am responsible for a few converts along the way too.
So you can imagine my inner turmoil when the day finally arrived, and I found myself with them in a small room on an even smaller couch.
I can’t even describe to you how nervous I was – it took all my effort just to keep my food down. I managed to stay relatively calm as we talked about touring and making up songs for their children and, of course, MMMBop (they’re still proud of the song, and love seeing people singing it 15 years after its release).
But I have to confess that as soon as they left, the tears came. I held on for as long as I could, but the moment I was out the door the emotion just flowed.
So what is it about these men that make grown women like me cry?
Truthfully, they’re just genuinely nice guys. They took an interest in my life and asked about my career and family. They joked with me about having kids. They thanked our video journalist for coming along to film us. In this profession, people like that don’t come by often.
And the best part? Everything that I had imagined about how they would be when I was a ten-year-old was true. How many of us can say that about people we have grown up loving?
Oh, and one more thing. They sang for me. See it in the video above.