As I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to put on in the background while I did some crafting the other day, I started thinking about guilty pleasures. What in my life I am actually embarrassed to be caught watching/playing/reading/doing. At first, I mentally scoffed thinking, Nah, I’m proud of everything I watch! no matter who it’s intended audience may be! Which is very true in many cases. Like Sailor Moon. I’m a 26 year-old mum and I totally still love Sailor Moon. It brings on such a feeling of happy nostalgia that I love to have in my life. Plus, it’s freaking funny. So I hopped on my high and proud horse of Nope, nothing embarrasses me! for about ten seconds, and then plummeted back to reality after remembering some of the things that I watch on Netflix, read and enjoyed, or played and got sucked in to.
But why do I feel embarrassment at enjoying things? It’s something I constantly battle about in my brain. I am enjoying what I’m doing, so why do I feel the need to apologize about that? Take for instance, reality TV. I definitely feel embarrassed at just how sucked in to Sister Wives I got after my daughter was born. In my fresh, new-mom, sleeping at weird hours with my newborn, spending most of my time on the couch mode, I needed something to fill the void. So I took to Netflix, and found Sister Wives. And loved it. Yet the flush of embarrassment I felt after my hubs saw me watching it one day is still fresh in my mind.
But why? Why do we feel bad for watching a television show? Public opinion? If the world loved Sister Wives would I not feel so guilty about loving it? After all, I feel the point of TV is to be entertained, or to learn something. For me, Sister Wives provided both. Granted, it’s not like I was learning brain surgery, but it was a fascinating look into a lifestyle I knew nothing about, and a religion I know nothing about, and I find that to be riveting. That shouldn’t be something that embarrasses me!
Books are the same way. I read and enjoyed the Twilight series, the Fifty Shades of Grey series, and The Mortal Instruments series. Are they stunning pieces of literature? Of course not. But I liked the stories, most of the characters, and I was entertained. That should be enough. And yet, I remember feeling mildly bad about myself for enjoying them. Why?
So I think I’m going to make an effort to hop back on my high horse of Nope, nothing embarrasses me! and stop apologizing for the things I like, no matter what they are.
Your thoughts on guilty pleasures? Feel free to share some of your own!
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Ha, I watch Sister Wives too and sometimes I’ll be sitting there and just think, “Why am I watching this!?” It’s not like I want my husband to have multiple wives, I think it’s just pretty fascinating to see into the lives of people who live completely different than us… the Kardashians is definitely my guilty pleasure… I kinda hate them but I can’t stop watching!!!
Nothing to feel guilty about at all! I haven’t seen Sister Wives, but I’ve read all of those books and enjoyed every one of them. Unabashedly. 🙂 Haters gonna hate and all that jazz. 😀
Right on! I don’t think anyone should be embarrassed by the things they enjoy, but it happens. I watch/read/listen with no shame, for the most part, but I guess the one show I’d consider a true guilty pleasure is Say Yes to the Dress on TLC.
I LOVE crappy reality/TLC/history channel shows. LOVE THEM. I used to be really ashamed of it but now I can’t be bothered to care anymore. My boyfriend definitely makes fun of me but i’ve just taken to telling him to deal with it and I go on my merry crappy way 🙂
Exactly!! They are so addicting!!