Just for fun: what are some things that everyone else loves but you are just not into?
Here are a few of mine!
Dogs. OK, I just lost half my readership! Here is my thing: if one of my friends has a dog, I will get to know and love that dog. But I don’t love dogs, all dogs, in that general “I’m a dog lover” sense. My family had a lovable dog when I was growing up, but I bonded more with the cat. As an adult, I have only had cats. When you come right down to it, I am a little bit afraid of dogs, or as one says nowadays, dog owners. I have been chased and nipped and bitten by dogs, including just a few months ago, on my own street. I really do think the quality of dog owners has taken a nosedive! If you have a dog that you can control well on city streets, even around other dogs and unpredictable children and traffic, and you clean up after your dog, congratulations, you are in the 1%!
Selfies. I take pictures of myself for the blog, but I try not to post traditional selfies. I get irritated by bloggers who post selfies regularly. I think blogging about oneself is fine; obviously, I do it! I also like fashion photos, home photos, vacation photos, cat photos, and more. What I dislike about selfies is that most takers of them have decided that they have a “best side” or a “best look” and they rarely deviate from it. You know that 3/4 view that is supposed to be slimming and seductive? Bleah! Sick of it! I can understand 14-year-olds vamping because they are new to it, but everyone else – no. Maybe these selfie takers want to create a fantasy in which their face is perfectly symmetrical or their cheekbones are sharp or their lips are always pouty. There is not much about beauty culture that I buy into, except those relentless reminders to “just be yourself.”
If you always post pictures of yourself from the same angle or on the same side, do you really dislike the way you look? Do you think we won’t like or respect you if you keep it real?
Going down south in the winter. I have never booked a “sun vacation” as many Canadians do during our long winters. A week in Cuba or the DR at an all-inclusive resort is the norm, or a Caribbean cruise. There are so many reasons I don’t do it. First, lounging around the pool all day has zero appeal to me. Then, I just don’t know how to deal with the wealth and class issues. Sure, local people are hired by the hotels and tourism industry, but at a resort, I wouldn’t see the country or the way people live. How appropriate is it to drive through villages and snap photos – is that poverty tourism, or is it gaining empathy for how people live? I know some people who go “down south” and who get to know and respect the cultures, while others just want to drink and party where it’s over 80 F. Maybe it all depends on one’s mindset before leaving home. If I went “down south” I would want to arrange a tour around archaeology, architecture and art.
If you have taken a sun vacation, how do you deal with those issues?
The other reasons we don’t do it are because we use up our vacation time seeing family each year, so the added time and expense of a winter get-away is not do-able (sour grapes?) and we hear about so many people who lose time from their vacations when their flights are delayed or cancelled by winter storms here.
There are loads more trends I’m not into. Smartphones at the dinner table. Manis and pedis. Tiny houses. SUVs. Plus, I think reading books is so over-rated.
Just kidding 🙂
Of course, there are some things everyone is into, including me:
- Food and fine dining – I look for food experiences wherever I go and happily collect memories of everything from complete meals to perfect little cups of coffee.
- Cider – Local brewed ciders are the new beer. Since I don’t much like beer – cider works for me!
- Decluttering – I’m on board. I function better in a visually peaceful space. I like the idea of knowing what I own, loving it, displaying it and using it. I also like the idea of re-homing things so others won’t have to buy them new.
- Technology – Yep. Half my life is digital. I only replace things if I still need the function, and the old one is kaput. I don’t automatically upgrade, and my personal tech is a little below the curve in age and features. I won’t be without it, though.
Would love to hear about the trends you’re not into!