5 Things Other People Love That I Hate*
OK, so “hate” is probably too strong a word here, but after writing about being tired of always having to caveat my totally non-controversial opinions last week, I realised that I’m not the only one harbouring a set of… let’s just call them strong dislikes, shall we? … that I’m too scared to voice for fear of offending someone.
The thing is, while I know some of you will find this post hopelessly negative, it can be pretty refreshing to know you’re not the the only person out there who just doesn’t “get” that thing that everyone else is obsessing over, so, with that in mind, here are just a few of the things other people love, that I… have a strong dislike for:
SPORT. ALL SPORT.
I know I’m not, obviously, but I literally feel like the only person in the world who doesn’t care about sports. Any sports. Yes, even those huge events like The Olympics, or the World Cup, where everyone’s all, “But surely you’ll be supporting your COUNTRY?!” and I’m just like, “Meh.” I just can’t seem to make myself care whether Team GB win the gold medal or whatever: I mean, good for them and all, and I can obviously appreciate what a huge achievement it is, but … I just don’t want to watch them doing it. Or hear people talking about it. No, not even when it’s “the tennis” and the whole world is absolutely OBSESSED with who’s going to win Wimbledon. Honestly, the only thing I find more boring than tennis is golf, and the only thing I find more boring about golf is…
TV SHOWS ABOUT COOKING
Bake Off. Masterchef. Whatever all the rest of them are called. I mean, I love FOOD, obviously (Maybe a little bit too much right now, actually: I’m not so much eating for two, as I am eating for two dozen…), I just don’t want to talk it about, or watch people preparing it, or whatever else happens on those shows that take over my Twitter feed every time they’re on. Seriously, my eyes glaze over any time I’m in the company of people who want to talk about cooking, so competitive baking is just about the strangest thing I’ve ever heard of, not even joking.
Hi, my name’s Amber, and I absolutely hated Les Mis. I am never getting that time back. There are some musicals I like more than others, but, for the most part, I always just want to cringe when I’m watching something, and the characters suddenly burst into song. Like, just get on with the story! Don’t make me watch you do an entire song and dance routine, dammit!
You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? It’s everyone’s favourite season, I know, and I’m not sure you can even CALL yourself a blogger if you’re not OMGOBSESSED with it, but I… am not obsessed with Autumn. Or not unless you count being obsessed with hating it, obviously. It’s just such a cold, dark, claustrophobic season: a time when everything is dying, and you sometimes feel like you don’t see daylight for days at time, which is as depressing as all hell, really. And, I mean, sure, the colours of the leaves are pretty, but you can’t really see much of them them in the dark, can you? Also, I know everyone gets super-excited about being FINALLY able to curl up with a good book, a blanket and a hot chocolate, but I read books and drink hot beverages all year round, and the addition of the blanket doesn’t really do much for me, so I guess I’m just mystified about why other people think they can only do those things in autumn? Y THO?
And don’t even get me started on the whole “boots and tights” and “bundling up!” thing. Seriously, DON’T EVEN.
I just don’t like it. I like movies, sure, but I actually think I like TV shows (that I can binge-watch) more, and there aren’t many movies that I’m so desperate to see that I have to see them the second they come out, and can’t wait a few months until they’re on Netflix. Honestly, most of the time I’d much rather wait until I can see them in the comfort of my own home, where I can adjust the temperature, stretch out on the sofa, and get up and down for snacks/bathroom breaks without disturbing anyone or missing something essentials. I’m maybe just particularly unlucky, but our local cinema always seems to be, a) FREEZING and, b) filled with people who talk or use their use their phones all the way through the movie, and who wants to deal with THAT?
Er, YOU probably want to deal with that, don’t you? Sorry: even after writing that massive rant about how we should all just accept that we like different things, and don’t all have to be the same all the time, I STILL feel the need to caveat this post by saying that it’s supposed to be lighthearted: I don’t actually HATE-hate any of these things (I just don’t really enjoy them), and I definitely don’t judge anyone who does. Vive la différence, and all that.
This is, however, an excellent opportunity for you to tell me why you DO love tennis, and autumn, and shows about cooking, so have at it folks: and, in the interests of balance, I will do my best to follow this post up with a more positive one about the things I love that other people hate. (Er, it would really help me if you could tell me some more of the things you hate, here, so I can work out if I love them or not…)