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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Too weird for real life

I had a moment today - I'd like to say epiphany but I don't think that's the right word. I was flicking through the Dymocks Christmas catalogue and by the time I hit the kids section, I realised there wasn't a single book in it that interested me. There were crappy biographies of aging rock stars, more cook books than anyone on the planet could be interested in and a host of junk I would never read. And I LOVE books. I know, however, that a great deal of care goes into selecting the xmas best sellers, which means the majority of these books appeal to the majority of the population.

I thought about how I'm constantly saying "who watches this?' about almost every show on tv. I hate what Kirkman has done to the Walking Dead (Shamefully moralising it and destroying the whole point in one soap opera judgmental swoop), while all my friends seem to love it.

Into my head popped a line from Pals in Peril* 'Sometimes Jasper, you're just too weird for real life'. It came from nowhere but it gave me a jolt as I considered it. Could it be me? Far from feeling superior to society, it actually threw me into a minor panic.

I have a theory, that if you are fighting with everyone, then you need to note that in those situations, you are the common denominator, so you are probably the one with the issue, not everyone else. So in this situation, I'm the one out of step.

I'm not sure what to do with this information. I will ponder some more. It does worry me a little, I'll be honest. That said, I've got through forty odd (apparently that's the operative word) years, maintaining long friendships and relationships, so it can't be too drastic. Pop culture, reading matter and interests are small potatoes. I will be watchful on the big issues....stay tuned.

I comfort myself with this quote from Maya Angelou - and if she says it, it must be good advice, right? "If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."

* M T Anderson (who is great, read Feed everybody) wrote this for the 7+  age group and it is HILARIOUS and quirky. I would recommend it but I'm now wondering if that's wise, given my taste is so out of step with the rest of society. He does win lots of awards, so award boards like him too, if that is more trust worthy.

PS People that added me to their circles, if I didn't do it back it's because I'm old and  don't know what I'm doing - I did try but I'm not sure if I did it right. But you made my day! Thanks!

Linking up for FYBF with the lovely Grace at Pop over and see the more popular bloggers with less angst....but thanks for dropping by!


  1. I don't get quite a bit of popular culture either.... But now that I am in my thirties, I don't care anymore. I am who I am, and if you like me and I like you, then we can be friends. If not, well good luck to you, lets go separate ways. :)

    1. I do suspect age has something to do with it. But still it's a little disconcerting...

  2. If its any consolation, when I flick around the shows on TV, I frequently say to my husband "who watches this?" And these are shows that rate really well, and I think are mindless and not funny eg. Two & a half men (to name just one...the list is LONG).

    (via FYBF)

  3. Yeah I have that same theory about fighting too, and I guess you can transpose it to this situation. But do you really wanna be like everyone else? I know I don't. :)

  4. Don't worry about it, we all like what we like and there is no accounting for taste. As they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure and it applies to pop culture too!

    1. Yes. My favourite example of this was in Monaco for the grand prix and Cannes was on at the same time. All the movie stars were ignored in favour of drivers and team bosses. It was hysterical to see the movie stars confusion as the crowds ignored them to get photos of someone else...

  5. I actually avoid liking what everyone else likes. That's why I don't have an iPhone. Simply because I refuse to become one of the crowd.
    Maybe I push too much in the opposite direction ?
    Just be the best you that you can be .... TV shows, books and all.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    1. Wise move. I moved from my beloved blackberry when it died to an iPhone due to peer pressure and I hate it.

    2. I just realised that's another example...

  6. Love the ballet pic, made me smile!

  7. Goodness! Being an avid reader myself, I think if I didn't see a single book in a catalogue that I liked the look of, I'd be devastated!
    No doubt it's just a phase, Lydia.
    I love that picture, and the quote, and it's great to be different! So I'm sure there will be different things out there for you any minute :)

  8. HAHA this circles thing is confusing the hell out of me too :)
    I spent all of my teenaged years getting upset because people kept saying I was 'weird' … it is disconcerting. I spent many years trying to edit myself, so I'm glad you've only worked this out with the help of Dymocks now!! ;) I'm a happy inhabitant now of Planet Kim - anyone that doesn't like it can move out.
    Gorgeous pic - that girl on the end is surely my youngest. She rocked up to preschool the other day in a Wallabies beanie with a homemade facemask over the top, and didn't bat an eyelid when everyone turned around to stare!

  9. Love the pic and the quote !!!! Thanks for sharing and don't worry about being different - we are all different and I am more than happy being different with someone else !
    Have the best day !