Illarion here. I’ve just finished my first semester at a university!
I’ve spent most of my teenage life touring with Everfound. Ever since I was 12 or 13, the band was the only life I really knew. But, as some of may know, I’ve always felt a pull towards a different kind of life. All of the years that I have spent touring with the band were awesome and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Those experiences will always be apart of me and helped make me who I am today.
Throughout those years, however, I’ve realized how different I really am from my brothers. Some of you may know that I’ve always had a different side to me, a side that had different aspirations and different dreams from my three brothers. Last summer, I was finally able to take initiative on those aspirations and began my first year at a university studying architecture and piano. I’ve come here to tell you that although it was definitely a challenge getting through the year (and I’m not expecting it to get easier), I’ve ended the semester with the realization and satisfaction in knowing that this is what I have been created to do. Everything I do in the university, from the projects to the essays to the wooden models I build, feels like home to me. Even though I don’t think I’ve ever slept so little in one year (last semester’s final project lasted me two consecutive sleepless nights), I’ve never felt so proud and satisfied with the end results. I have never felt so passionate about anything else I’ve done. God has blessed me with this passion, and I just don’t believe it’s possible for me to not pursue it. The more I study at the university, the more confident I feel about making this my career focus for as long as it lasts. It is becoming more and more apart of me. Even though I’m still not exactly sure what the future holds for me (who is?), I know that this is the path I have been born to follow.
Thank you all for your support for Everfound. The band would never have been where it is now without its fans. Although my brothers have said this many times, we all have experienced the truth of it. However bittersweet it may be to end my time as a part of Everfound, I am incredibly excited to move on and realize those dreams and aspirations that have been apart of me for as long as I can remember. I know and believe that the band will continue strong as Ruslan, Nikita, and Yan. I know this because this is their home; this is who they truly are, and I love each of them for it. Trust me—song lyrics and music chords are quite literally the air they breathe. They love making music with all their hearts. And now, it is time for me to be doing what I love with all my heart.