>Way before we had Instagram, TikTok, Facebooks, etc ,etc… we grew up with Myspace. With most of us being in our early to mid-teenage years at this point, we learnt to document our likes and our dislikes in spectacular fashion. There we obsessed over our layout, our music choices, and our generic but perfectly taken “Myspace photo.” For the majority of our lives we have been aware of other’s judgment on our tastes, and our firm reliance on social media has been used to both validate and encourage them.

Yet, we find ourselves wary of publicizing our dislikes for the latest fads. This is out of fear of creating a false hater persona, and no one wants to be attacked anyway. Why in our generation are we still hesitant to admit our likes or dislikes? Why do we render our opinions invalid out of the niggling anxiety that someone will unfollow us or subtweet us? We all do it.

For example, I love Taylor Swift. Have since 2006, and in the UK she was pretty much a laughing stock because Brits aren’t particularly fond of country music. Yet I still blasted out “Our Song” through the tiny village I lived in. And now? With all the revelations of Lover, she’s more popular. than ever. It is a reminder of how fickle everyone’s likes and dislikes are, so love what you love and be proud of it because you may be on to a winner.

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It’s okay if your life isn’t Instagram-perfect every second of the day. It’s okay if your macrame hangers hold plants you can’t keep alive. It’s alright if you don’t get the hype with Netflix’s most popular series of the month.

You like what you like, and you can’t alter yourself for a perfectly tailored cultural fit.

Even if you don’t have an avalanche of social media followers, or you don’t take photos of your nails because you have short fingers and chipped polish- it makes you no less relevant than anyone else.

We all say similar differences such as “like it or lump it. ”Then there is the Maraschino cherry on top, “Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.” So here I am, knocking the things that everyone else loves and I don’t.

Here are my unpopular opinions on popular things:

  • Open toe shoes – Hear me out on this one. I know they are meant to lengthen your legs, but when you have short legs and a wide foot then they just give you chubby hobbit feet.
  • Kale – Why is everyone obsessed with this? Give me a pack of Doritos, and maybe an apple (just to be on the healthy side).
  • Scrunchies – Every time I see one of these on Instagram a part of me withers and dies. This worked when we were five year olds with headbands with our names emblazoned on them, but not now. No, baby no.
  • Jelly shoes – I make exceptions for those under the age of eight. Otherwise, why are you doing this? Get some sense and buy some flip flops.
  • Crocs – If there was ever an “I can’t even” moment, this would be it. Even when you tell someone you hate their Crocs, they still wear them. Why? They say they’re “comfortable.” Slippers are comfortable too, but I don’t go rocking them around the supermarket on a Friday night.
  • The North Face fleeces and Hollister sweat pants – This screams college freshman label hoarder, for me anyway (and if you wear them together). I love comfortable clothes, but I’m not going to max myself out for them.
  • Michael Kors watches – Give me a Marc Jacobs any day of the week.
  • The Walking Dead – To me, this felt like an average zombie outbreak movie stretched into a TV show. Yet maybe I should give it more of a chance? If you have seen the first episode then you will know the outcome of that poor horse, and that was a deal breaker for me. Sorry.
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If you don’t like to Instagram your mocha frapp and prefer to hide away in that small coffee shop around the corner with its dark mix and match furniture then who are the rest of us to judge? If we prefer pizza to sushi or strawberry ice cream to a sticky Ben and Jerry’s concoction, then that’s fine too.

If you don’t love what everybody else seems to love, don’t feel like your taste needs an alteration.

Remember that most people are only following the trends. Everyone wants to be liked, but all copy and no originality makes for one dimensional people.

Sometimes we feel strictly defined by cultural references, likes and dislikes, tastes and loves. But all of these things are like a bag of pick and mix sweets. You can pick one out and throw it aside, but to someone else it could be the best pick of the bunch.

We’re all a little different, so let’s start owning it before we lose it.