It’s Okay to Not Like Popular Things

If you haven’t picked up on it yet — I like goals. They give me structure, challenge, and satisfaction. But sometimes you make a goal, or aspire to do something, and just plain fail. You can’t keep up with it. It’s not fun any more. It’s not worth finishing.

I started this year off wanting to participate in those one-a-day photos trends on Instagram. I really like the challenge of taking your photography to the next level, and I love following people who consistently post a day. It’s fun to see how people interpret a word differently through an artful photo and I thought it would be a great chance to improve my photography.

But in reality? The exercise stressed me out. I just don’t think about Instagram when I am at work all day, which left a short window of time in the evening, and I usually ended up climbing into bed upset that I forgot to post… yet again. I wasn’t good at it, and the challenge brought me stress instead of joy, even when I did post. So, I said sayonara to the challenge and continued to randomly post whenever I felt like it.

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This may be a silly example, but I think a lot of us do things just because it’s popular, not because we really like it. Just because something is popular, doesn’t mean it’s something you should do.┬áIt’s oddly freeing giving up on something you don’t like and admitting you aren’t good. It relieves the pressure.

And while we’re confessing things, I don’t like kale. I really don’t. I know it’s popular, but people, it doesn’t taste good. I also am not a creative cook. I wish I could whip up random ingredients together in the kitchen and serve a masterpiece meal, but I can’t. I have to follow the recipe every single time.

Now your turn: What are you giving up or admitting?

Maybe you think Downton Abbey is boring.
Or you started a blog and can’t keep up with it.
Or you hate chevron patterns.
Or you can’t stand Ryan Gossling.
Or you would prefer to buy a pillow than to make one yourself.

It’s okay. We don’t all have to do or like the popular thing.

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  • I agree. It’s totally fine to not be into the latest craze. Sometimes, I think the blogging world only makes those crazes more crazy by posting a million photos of chevron patterns or Ryan Gossling. I’m actually not a fan of Ryan.

  • YES. That’s why I quit blogging things I was thankful for every day in November. It just wasn’t for me and it was stressing me out.

    Also, I don’t really like Adele. THERE I SAID IT.

  • There is so much freedom in being able to admit you aren’t into the latest craze! All my friends are really into the bachelor/bachelorette and I personally have no interest at all! Does that make me “un-cool”? Ha! ;)

  • I ALSO HATE THE BACHELOR! It’s a popular show at work and every Tuesday there’s a “Bachelor” talk. So each year I’d try to give it a chance, only to stomach about ten minutes of it before turning it off. That’s one conversation I don’t mind being left out of!

  • Oh my god everyone has to love Ryan Gosling! haha

    But no I’m with you. There are so many thing that I do not like that everyone else likes.

  • love this. I’ve never been one to enjoy the things everyone else does — I used to think I was weird + too different + that people wouldn’t like me if I didn’t like what was popular. the past few years have been so freeing for me as I’ve broken those chains + admitted that I don’t need to like these things! I don’t need to put my worth into how many friends I have on facebook — so I quit facebook. cold turkey. haven’t looked back in four years. I don’t need to be constantly checking up on the latest “big thing”, to keep up with the masses. incredibly liberating.

  • I’ve never watched even a moment of the bachelor/bachelorette. I can’t imagine enjoying it, from what I’ve heard from peers.

  • I don’t like kale, or Adele music. I hate the iPod, iPhone and iPad. I can’t stand Facebook and don’t get Twitter… so yeah. I stick with what I like and ignore the rest. Makes it quite easy.

  • Ok, I tried reading your January book, Bossypants and didn’t like it, so I didn’t finish it.

  • OMG THIS IS AMAZING. I gave up yoga and the city-wide yoga blog/community I created because I started hating it. I was like…this pose…again…how creative….NOT! All these mean thoughts would circle through my mind about yoga. Teachers and friends were like, “you need to calm your monkey mind!” and I believed them for a while. Then it dawned on me–yoga and this web community I created are draining me day in and day out. So I dropped it. Massive relief. Sometimes we just out-grow things, right?

    Lastly, I find Pinterest to be overwhelming and unmanageable and scary and totally not for me. That puts me in the minority of, oh, everyone ever.

  • i hate the chevron pattern, like seriously! where’d it come from in the first place?!?!? suddenly its all over my etsy screen! and it’s such a boring pattern !!!EURGH!!- rage over :) XX