Sunday, May 19, 2013

Be Different: Like What You Like

Like What You Like

What do you like?  I mean, what do you really like? And it doesn't matter if it's cool or uncool. It doesn't matter if your friends like it or if your mom likes it or if your husband likes it. When you're not worried about what people will think of you, what do you really like?

I like country music.
I like young adult fiction.
I like college football.
I like Celtic Thunder.
Sometimes I like teenage boybands and secretly dance to One Direction.
I like line dancing.
I like The Dark Tower.
I like Robert Downey Jr.
I like The Avengers and Firefly and Joss Whedon.
I like Dr Horrible.
I like ice cream and peanut butter.
I like all things Lord of the Rings and Narnia-y.
I like make-up and I like shopping.
I like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and I like John Green and I like Natalie Tran.
I like quotes and feel-good-y sayings.
I like pictures that make me see stories.

That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are more.

What do you like?

Are there ever things that you like and you feel that you can't like them?  Maybe it's not cool to like them. Maybe it's not cool to like them as much as you do.  I have experience with that.

As evidenced by the number of times I write about them, I really like Celtic Thunder. And I like country music.  And I've been ridiculed for both of those. So, there is a part of me that wants to downplay how much I like them. There is a part of me that doesn't want you to know. There is a part of me that wants to hide who I am because I've been told that those things about me aren't okay.

But, hiding them doesn't change them. It doesn't make those things about me untrue. They just make them... hidden.  Hidden and shameful.

I recently watched a video of Wil Wheaton that I'd like to share with you. He was at a conference, and during a panel, a new mom asked him to record a message to her daughter about what's so great about being a nerd.  I loved his response, and I'd like you to listen to it.  Nerd or not, it applies to you.

Like what you like. And like it passionately. Don't be ashamed of it. EMBRACE it. And if people make fun of you for that, that says far more about them than it does about you.

Like what you like.  Be proud of it.  Don't like what other like just to fit in. Follow your own heart.

Follow it passionately.


"Be Different" Series

Friday............ The Desire to Fit In
Sunday..........  Like What You Like
Tuesday........  Making a Difference
Wednesday...  Be Amazing!

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