A buddy of mine and I were talking about our ‘firsts’ the other day. Ie..first album, first concert, first drinking experience …. We had a good laugh.
I think my first concert was Red Rider, Cheap Trick and April Wine at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. 198? I know the ticket was around $8. To this day, Cheap Trick is still one of my favorite bands. No idea why. Have you heard them? Outdated. But there you are.
So then we took it a step further and talked about our guilty pleasures and realized that we never really grow up; no matter how old we are, there is always going to be stuff that we are embarrassed to admit we like. I loved Duran Duran in high school but wouldn’t admit it.
Isn’t that silly? I own my home, my car, I pay taxes, vote, and am capable of finding my way to the middle of a Peruvian jungle with little assistance, yet there are things that I am reluctant to admit that I do/like.
Why? That is a good question. No human is the same. Fingerprints, personality, DNA structures all make us different than each other, yet we rally so hard to be the same. If you think about it, it’s really silly. Dr. Suess’s birthday just passed and he was one of the first guys who said, ‘be different!’. Yet, why are we so scared of it? How did that become the status quo for humanity?
I would hate to be a teenager today. Being different when I was young was hard, but being different today really has its consequences.
I read some Marianne Williamson quote yesterday about knowing who you are and being ok with it. I think I realized that I am at the place now but it took 44 YEARS. Jeez, I hope it doesn’t take others half as long as it took me.
I am a different gal. I march to the beat of my own drum. I’m loud, outspoken, don’t adhere to social norms, and I definitely make mistakes. Lots of em. But that’s me and I’m ok with it.
So I have listed some of my guilty pleasures and awkward ‘likes”.
Feel free to add to them.
* Ashley Simpson’s music.
* Smirnoff Ice coolers.
* Corona beer.
* pro hockey players
* The Rock (dwayne johnson)
* Seth Green (?)
* short guys
* fart jokes
* played with barbies til 10..ish?
* Yellow Tail shiraz
* dance music
* renovatIon shows
* jigsaw puzzles (adore them)
* Backstreet Boys
* fireball shooters
* sitting in airport bars
* smell of gasoline
The list could go on, but you could get the point.
Be yerself! You are the only one you’ve got!