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! 🙂