We live in a world which is obsessed by obsessions.
A new trend unfolds every week. A new film reveals the nation’s new favourite character. Nobody can really explain why some things go viral – I mean, I can’t explain why we all collected those baby alien eggs back in school, which SWORE they would hatch into bigger aliens but never did. Or why we all went crazy for Adidas popper trousers. Or why we loved the Spice Girls and believed that at least one of them was our spirit animal. Well, I could definitely explain that one, but I don’t have the time riiight now…
Everyone has their own obsessions. Some are personal and not particularly ‘on trend’, but I can bet that most of us have obsessions which are pretty darn popular. One of my more popular ones would be Harry Potter. However, I know that for every 100th person who loves HP, there’ll be a handful who can’t understand the draw at all. Which is cool, cause it’d be well boring to not have those people that you have to explain the brilliance of HP to over and over, thus replenishing your love for it all over again.
Below, I discuss 5 recent trends which I just cannot get on board with. Nope.
I might have invented the tea vs coffee rivalry in my head. But recently there seems to be one, according to my social media feeds anyway. For somebody whose mother has always drunk about 8 cups of the stuff before she can legitimately leave the house for work, it seems strange to have such an aversion to it. But I genuinely hate coffee, and it’s not even one of those things that I’m willing to have another go at cause it seems to be a bit ‘on trend’ at the moment to rely on a morning coffee (see Instagram images below!).
The almost medicinal bitterness, the murky water, the stale coffee breath it brings. It tastes like charcoal and tar combined. Plus,the smell of it sticks around like smoke. I do wish I liked it though! I really wish I could be one of those effortlessly elegant working women who waltz into Starbucks at 6am, orders a Venti Americano, and proceeds to conquer the day ahead with composure and generally with all their shit together.
I do understand all your love for coffee though, as I feel the same way about tea. Even though it’s superior. Soz. Team Tea gal over here.
I DON’T GET THEM. THEY’RE NOT CUTE. WHY DO YOU HAVE MINION ACCESSORIES?
I’ve seen Despicable Me. It’s an alright film and I watched it with my niece and nephew. I just didn’t find the little yellow earplug-like things funny or charming or anything but annoying. They’re on phonecases and pyjamas and I’ve even seen nail stickers of them. Noooo. And the minion memes on facebook, I could scream. THEY’RE NOT FUNNY. (This also goes for the previous Spongebob obsession that lasted a good few years…maybe I just hate yellow cartoon characters?)
3. Kim Kardashian
Or any Kardashian for that matter. She’s one of these reality stars turned uber famous for seemingly no reason. I kinda understand the whole watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, cause like any other reality TV show, we all indulge in a little schadenfreude every now and again (I’m a sucker for Real Housewives..). However, the utter adoration I see for her day in and day out just absolutely bamboozles me. Her fashion sense can be okay, and she embraces her brilliant curvaceousness which is awesome. But further than that, I can’t understand this particular obsession. There are hundreds of female celebrities who seem to have the whole ‘being a bad-ass role model’ thang nailed down – hello Jennifer Lawrence, Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel, Beyonce, Laverne Cox, Emma Stone – all of whom are beautiful, unashamedly themselves and truly inspiring – so why are people obsessed with her? Unknown.
4. Salted caramel things
Caramel I can get on board with. Salt I can definitely get on board with. Combined – you have to be kidding? No. Like Peter Kay and his infamous aversion to garlic bread, these are two things I feel should not enter into any sort of culinary arrangement. And I can’t move for salted caramel flavoured things in restaurants or supermarkets anymore! Every dessert is salted caramel, drinks, yoghurt, ice-cream, chocolate, salad. Okay so I’ve not really come across a SC salad, but I’m preeeetty sure it won’t be long until I do.
5. Hating on people with ‘bad’ eyebrows
So recently there’s been this huuuuge upsurge in having eyebrows that are ‘on point’. The new beauty obsession, right? We’ve all rushed out and bought Browzings, and Anastasia Beverley Hills kits, yes? Well, no, I just bought a No.7 pencil cause I ain’t got the time or patience to draw on two identical brows every morning. And I have to say, I am considering some HD brows, mainly because my eyebrow colour does not at all match my hair colour, and it’s pretty noticeable. BUT, I’m seeing far too many people who are mocking other people for the ‘state’ of their brows. I mean, really. Grown women poking fun because somebody doesn’t conform to the ‘eyebrow club’ which has been popular for all of 5 seconds. Some of it is light-hearted, but some of it is just mean. We have enough bodyshaming in this world already, can we not add another layer to things on which women are judged by?
My questions to you are – Do you agree or disagree with any of the above? What are the current obsessions/trends that you can’t get on board with?