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Doin’ your own thing

May 6, 2010

I’ve always thought “to each, his own” and such, but there seems to be something that bugs me about it, as well. No one seems to just do his or her own thing. A whole mess of people seem to find it necessary or acceptable to just follow a groove and not think for themselves.

I dislike, a fair amount, people who mindlessly conform. People who only wear Abercrombie or such just because everyone else does. Don’t get me wrong, if you like their clothing, the look, the fit, the quality, whatever, all the power to you. I don’t want to be one of those people who start an anti-preppy rant. I don’t very much care.

If you only want a red car because everyone else does. If you root for a team because everyone else does. It doesn’t make you “cool” it makes you a tool Filthy pack animals!
Filthy pack animals…

There are some plausible advantages to conforming, though. First off, self-confidence can be gained by having people around you who look or act similarly to you. There has to be SOME reason, logically, that things are popular. Obviously people like them.

What I dislike even more than mindlessly conforming is mindlessly avoiding conformation. People who do things just BECAUSE everyone else doesn’t. It doesn’t make you edgy: it makes you annoying. Once again: if you like whatever something you like but others don’t: good for you. Keep it up. Too many times have I heard “I used to really like this band, but then they became popular.” Wait…what? I can understand if they sold out or something, changed their style, but if the only reason you stopping liking someone is because other people did too, you’re a dick. simple as that. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here
“I didn’t score to be ironic”

This may be why I never understood (or accepted) the whole “Indie” culture. I know plenty of people who consider themselves “Indie” or even so far as “Hipster.” Many of them are fine people; however, some traits bug me. Big deal if people like football. Why mock them for that? Uggs may be comfortable. Who cares?

Recently my English teacher was talking about buying a new iPad. Good for her, right? Well, she mentioned that she “really wanted it, but what would Thoreau think? My response, audibly, was “Who cares what he would think‽ The man’s been dead for a century and a half! Do what YOU want, not what he would want you to do!” Unless, of course, you buy into his philosophies. Then go for it. But she obviously did not, as she stated that she wanted it!

Do what you want. Not what someone, alive or dead, thinks you should do.
Certainly not what “People” magazine or Pitchfork tell you to!

Here’s to tomorrow!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucy Roberts permalink
    May 16, 2010 10:54 pm

    Dude. Pitchfork is AWESOME. End.

    P.S. So are you 🙂

  2. Lucy Roberts permalink
    May 17, 2010 4:11 pm

    Also,

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hipster&defid=2705928

    Not ENTIRELY true, but there you go…

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