Have you ever regretted reading a book? Regretted picking up a popular choice that you ended up not enjoying? Did you feel uncomfortable sharing your unfavorable opinion?
Have you ever wondered why no one else adores a certain book as much as you? Did you want to shake them incessantly until they understood the magnificence of said book?
Don’t lie. There’s no need for it because IT’S OK to be different! It’s not ok to want to strangle someone over a book but hey, our imaginations are our own. Just don’t carry out that plan, little Janie, or mama will have lots of ‘splaining to do!
Now, where was I…Oh. The differences are part of LIFE. Our uniqueness is what makes us stand out from all the rest. The diversity in our opinions is truly my favorite part of the book blogging community. Our perspectives are shaped from our life experiences and we certainly bring a part of us into our reading. No two people will ever share the same thoughts, feelings and values, so its safe to say that we will never completely agree or disagree on books. Which is rocksauce awesome, in my opinion, because I love the discussion that comes from different perspectives. I get to learn a lot about people when this occurs, and since I’m nosy…ha. Just kidding. Maybe.
There are some wildly popular books out there that I could not understand or even finish, but then there are some underrated or unloved books that I adored hardcore. I may have been upset about people not agreeing with me 12+ years ago when I hated everyone and wanted nothing to do with people, in general. People made me SO MAD. They still do. I want to slap people on a daily basis for their ridiculous antics or horrific acts. But I’m a different person now. If you want to read all about why, go here and here. My opinions of people have changed drastically since becoming a social worker. I no longer judge or blame people. I won’t bore you with the why.
So, where was this post going? Hmmm. Oh, right! Being human, being different. Loving it. Embracing it. Being who we are without feeling regret or superiority. Embracing our differences because it makes life FUN and INTERESTING instead of being a massive pack of boring, lifeless Stepford Wives. Reading that book that no one else liked and LOVING it because YOU are different from everyone else. Reading that one popular book and finding it drab and senseless because YOU see things differently. We are all special in our own right, and we should never have to apologize for it. And if anyone says different, send them my way.
Note: As you can tell, this post started out with great intentions, but as with any time when Smash must share her thoughts, well, she starts referring to herself in the third person, and yea…that never ends well.
And here’s this, for a quick laugh:
Now, I want to hear your thoughts. Hopefully they will make more sense than my own!
And if they don’t, that’s OK!
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