I got asked once whether I had a life or not by some girl in my high school class for knowing a lot about movies. People are quick to judge you and the things you do or like. They like to criticize certain things like watching movies or playing video games for being a “waste of time”. I am a pop-culture connoisseur, I love movies, series, video games, music, books and the like. It’s not just these things people critisize for being a waste of time, there will always be people out there that will question the existence of your life when all you do is practice your hobby.
Because that’s what those things are, hobbies. Just because it’s not your hobby, doesn’t mean it’s not somebody else’s. I do believe somebody can waste time, definitely. I also believe, however, that as long as you are having fun, you’re not wasting any time. If you love watching movies, why is it wasted time? Why would people even care? It’s not like you’re wasting THEIR time.
Wasting time, to me, is doing something you don’t enjoy that you don’t have to do, when you could be doing something you do actually enjoy. Wasting time is hurting others both physically and mentally when there’s obviously something better you can do. Wasting time is working on something for nobody’s benefit, not even your own. Do you get the picture?
This probably also stems from the fact that there are always people who like to shit all over things you like. It seems they don’t want you to have nice things, that only the things they do are cool. Maybe it comes from jealousy of not having something they can enjoy unlike the people they judge. That hate seems to be a things with fads as well. It seems like there are 4 basic stages of a trend. There is an official diagram for this, I learned it in school, but official is no fun. So here is our version.
A-Typical’s 4 stages of a trend (feel free to use this in a thesis):
The time it’s still cool for hipsters: when a trend becomes popular there will always be people telling you they were on board before it became huge. For a select group of people this is the only time it’s still cool and fun to be a part of this new development.
The trend rises: a trend usually seems to come out of nowhere for a lot of people, except for the aforementioned group of course. At this stage the trend blows up, it gets picked up by media and people go wild. Merch pops up, companies use it as promotional tours and literally everybody jumps on the bandwagon until it collapses which brings us to:
The downfall: haters of a trend come somewhere in between these two, it’s not that the trend starts to die out because of these people, they’re usually just a little late to the party when nobody really cares anymore. If there are still people out there having a good time, they’ll try to ruin that joy. Soon, there will only be a few people still stuck in an old fad, perhaps even stuck with a sense of denial.
The death and a time to forget: a trend will very likely die out. The thing with fads is that even if you enjoy it and even if you just do what you want to do, it will die out eventually and only a handful of people will still be a part of a fad long gone. Remember when those rubber charity wristbands where cool? Remember when Big Dog shirts were a thing? Remember when wearing you clothes backwards or inside out was the shit? Know anybody that is still a part of those trends?
But it is true that life is short. Life is too short to not do the things you love. Who cares if people think you’re wasting your time or if people think your hobbies aren’t cool. If you use the reasoning that those haters use, you can say that all hobbies are a waste of time, that all pastimes that don’t necessarily contribute to society in a meaningful way are a waste of time. Hobbies don’t have to contribute to society in a meaningful way and neither do you all the time.
“You could be building schools in Africa but instead you’re wasting your time by watching an Adam Sandler movie.” is what you should definitely not be thinking unless that is one of Sandler’s more terrible movies. I know what some people will say: “All Adam Sandler movies are terrible.”. I disagree. He has actually made some very solid movies that truly show the scope of his acting. I think Adam Sandler is actually a good actor, there I said it. Check out the movie “Funny People” if you want to see what I mean.