So Rebel. Much curmudgeon.

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Growing up, I was always a quiet, relatively good kid. I did not openly rebel against my parents – sure I went through that punk rock stage at the age of 15, but that was just out of devotion to Duran Duran and the New Wave of the British Invasion. I’ve always sort of done what was expected of me and even now, I find that I go with the flow most of the time.

Except when it comes to Things That Are Popular and then I’m all REBEL YELLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

Apparently, I’m a big fan of the underdog and subconsciously eschew all the things that most people go ga-ga for. Or I’m just really late to the party and only discover things when they are on the way out. For whatever reason, I feel a sort of disdain for things that are the most popular and I have no idea why.

Here a few examples:

  • I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Not from Starbucks or from anywhere else for that matter. I’m sure they are probably delicious, but it seems like in the last few years it’s all anyone can talk about and I just think…whatever. I have no desire to run out to S’Bux and get one. Although I would totally run out and get a Vanilla Soy Latte (yum).
  • Oh, The Walking Dead is the most popular TV show with the biggest following of all time in the history of television EVER, you say?! Yeah, I’ve never seen a single episode. Zombies give me nightmares and I actively try to avoid things that will disturb my precious, precious sleep. So no Walking Dead for me. Same for Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder – haven’t seen any of those – not because they have zombies, I’m assuming they don’t, but I’ve just never sat down to watch them.
  • You know that whole scarf trend that’s been happening for the last few years? I just got on board with it last winter and I’m still not convinced. I think it looks really cute on other people, but for me I just don’t feel that I pull it off as well.
  • You know how strength training has become the darling of the fitness world? My stubborn mule brain says “Uh uh. Not gonna do it.” And here’s the kicker – I actually like strength training. But since all the gurus and experts are telling me that I should do it, I’m digging in my heels and refusing to do it. Yes, yes, I realize I’m cutting off my nose to spite my face, but my brain works the way it works and until I figure out a way to make it work differently, here we are. You know what I have been doing? Walking. I think it’s because every other form of fitness is so popular right now that walking seems like the underdog and I do love an underdog.
  • I also refuse to track my every movement and heartbeat with a fitness tracker. I used to have a Fitbit (I still have it, actually but it’s not charged and I’m not even sure where it is at this point) but seeing the number of steps I had taken did not motivated me to take more steps. It was only pointless information for me. “Oh I only have 2900 steps for today? Oh well.” *shrugs and continues watching unpopular TV show because see second bullet point above* Those types of numbers usually just make me feel badly about myself because I always thought I should do more and more and more. It was never good enough. So I stopped wearing it.
  • Nutella. Not a fan of the hazelnut.

In typing this out I suddenly feel like an old curmudgeon. “You kids get off my lawn with your Pumpkin Spice lattes and your activity trackers and your scarves! I can’t hear The Carol Burnett Show over all that racket!!!” *shakes fist at those meddling kids*

Your turn – what do you dislike that everyone else seems to adore? Don’t let me be a lonely curmudgeon! I need some rebellious friends! 🙂

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24 thoughts on “So Rebel. Much curmudgeon.

  1. Amy

    Nutella? Really, Jill? We can’t be friends any more. Nutella is perfectly acceptable on a spoon, but in a pinch, my finger will work just fine

    • Someone I know calls them the Kartrashians. I’m sure they’re lovely people once you get to know them…or not. I’ve never watched them either, but I KNOW I can’t stand Kanye West, so that’s enough of a deterrent for me.

  2. debby

    The reason I like scarves is because of the removability factor. I’m hot. I’m cold. I’m hot. I’m cold. You just can’t whip off a turtleneck in public.

  3. Popular books — If anyone tells me “You have to read THE HELP or GONE GIRL or UNBROKEN…” Nope, not gonna read it. TV shows too… I am a Walking Dead Fan, but I like the post-apocalyptic genre and I’m pretty sure I saw it first – before it was a thing… As for Greys Anatomy, Scandal… blah blah … Nope, not gonna watch it.

    I tried Cross Fit, but not drinking the Kool Aid… I prefer Body Pump and Spin at my gym. I am addicted to my FITBIT. I will walk around my house at 10 p.m. to eek out those last few steps to my daily goal, and I know it’s completely crazy.

    As for scarfs… I think they look good on other people, but when I try, I feel like it’s just too much. A fashion fraud.

    Oh, Doo-ran Doo-ran…. thanks for the memory….

    • I did read Unbroken (which I enjoyed) but have not read The Help or Gone Girl. Unless someone physically puts a copy in my hands, I probably won’t read either of those.

      Cross Fit – nope! No thanks. Flipping tractor tires is not my idea of a good time.

      A fashion fraud – YES. That’s what I feel like too when I try to wear scarves!!

  4. Jeanine

    Hi Jill… I JUST found your blog & already love it from reading this one post! I agree with all of what you said, well except for the weight training thing… Trying to do a bit more of that.. Can’t wait to read more! Thank you!!! 👏🏼😊

  5. Laura

    I think you and I may be soul mates. I strongly dislike all things that are under the pumpkin-craze umbrella. Can’t get behind Nutella and am so over the CrossFit nonsense – my body simply refuses to participate. And there are few women better than Carol Burnett. I have just decided that I’m going to post a FB link to you your blog.

  6. 16blessingsmom

    Pumpkin is MY thing, and everyone else stole it and is yukking it down…you know, changing it so that it only means slightly pumpkin flavored and sugary. I am and always have been a huge fan of pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins. I’ve never had the pumpkin pie latte, because I don’t like to drink my calories. I have lots of teenage daughters, so I have read The Help and The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, and usually all the latest Stephen King, but mostly just to relate to them:) What I DON’T do is this: yoga pants in public, or leggings as pants. But shh, if I looked like a million bucks, maybe my principles would go down the drain and I would slip them on real casual-like, and head out the door like I don’t have time to fuss about what I wear….ha. P.S. I love your blog, it always makes me smile.

    • Thanks 16! I love pumpkin too – pies, muffins, etc, when it’s in FOOD. And I would LOVE to get away with wearing yoga pants to work, but I’m just not comfortable enough in my body to do that…yet. 🙂

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