Tuesday, July 01, 2008

so there

Some things make me nervous or hesitant. Fortunately, meeting people isn't one of those things. To me, it's not too scary to ask someone's name, where they're from, and their major. And I'm not usually afraid or uncomfortable answering those questions myself (although I did have a slightly unnerving experience last night in which that was NOT the case...perhaps I'll post on that later). But after those easy questions often comes, "So do you play any sports? or did you in high school?" Hmph. I usually defer to the "Well, I was really into music in high school" [an exact quote I have used multiple times] and thus excuse myself from the slightly embarrassing fact that I'm not very athletic and rarely participate in sports. But even worse than that, there often comes a time in which the other person, always well-intentioned of course and not meaning to put me on the spot, asks, "So, what do you do?" Receiving a blank stare, they tack on, "...for fun? You know, hobbies?"

Hobby? What's that... Ugh. What do I tell them? I like to take naps? Usually I see myself as having three choices from which I may respond.

Option 1. The truth: "Yeah, about those...he he...I don't really have any."
Option 2. (This one's also true:) "Well, school's pretty much my hobby these days." But that one always comes off sounding apologetic (because it is!). Plus, I'm not even taking classes right now so that won't work...
Option 3. Make something up: "I'm totally into scrapbooking, watching movies, and doing hair." But then I remember I'm an awful liar and will totally shoot myself in the foot if I attempt to make an intellectual-sounding comment about Kiera Knightley or Orlando or whoever else is popular these days in Hollywood. And I don't even like scrapbooking!

Better tell the truth. And while school is my life (when I'm taking classes, that is), I wouldn't necessarily consider that a hobby. More of an occupation. Sigh. I guess I just have to figure out a) what my hobbies are and b) how to not be ashamed of them.

Point in case: blogging.

Ever since I started blogging I've loved it. (Thanks Janel :) In high school my default "hobby" was music--the flute in particular. But I've stopped playing it so much in college, and what with the busyness of life in general, I've wondered occasionally if I have any hobbies at all. Whenever I think that, though, I remind myself that blogging perfectly fits the definition of a hobby.

: an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation (dictionary.com)

Blogging doesn't stress me out. It's relaxing. It's fun. It's pleasurable. I like it. I do it in my spare time (or when I should be doing other things that I want to procrastinate--such as going to bed). And it's certainly no occupation of mine. Therefore, it is a hobby. And it's one of my hobbies. AND I'm proud of it.

Ha, that's certainly easier written on my blog late at night when I'm alone in my apartment than said convincingly with confidence to other non-bloggers--particularly good-looking males--during broad daylight. And since basically the only people who read my blog are fellow bloggers, I'm bound to get approval from them [you]. Instead, I have the undesirable job of convincing the "normal" people that blogging isn't some weird nerdy girly cyberspace waste of time.

Huh. I just reread that last sentence. That is so not true. My job isn't to convince everyone else that blogging is cool (although I hope everyone will someday come to know the truth). I'm going to blog whether people think it's cool or not. And I'm no longer going to be apologetic about it! What am I afraid of? That they'll think I'm weird? Well, they would've found out sooner or later. And if someone doesn't like me because I like blogging, well, they've got some serious problems (and should go read this and this).

I'm totally rocking this whole do-things-without-worrying-about-what-other-people-think thing. The new leaf has been turned.

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Closing Affidavit: I'm a nineteen-year old college student and I like blogging. So there.

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I don't know if any of my fellow readers out there have felt any connection whatsoever with this post, but if you have, the excellent short article What Is a Blog? might be of help to you in gaining more confidence in your blogger status. Also, if you've ever had trouble explaining what a blog is (uh, it's like a website...where you can post stuff...like your thoughts...) you should check it out. And ultimately, perhaps we will bring non-believers to the light.

But if we don't... no matter.


Danielle said...

Way to go. I love your blog, by the way. And who needs sports?

Katya said...

Love the post Suzy! And I also love the new template! Yay for blogging and for being yourself! :)(yikes, too many exclamation points in one comment...)

Natalie said...

Wow! I feel vindicated! I don't like sports either! It's so good to know that there are other people (especially at BYU) who feel the same way. And I even got one as a roommate. I knew this living situation was going to work out. :)

janel said...

Why do writers have such a bad reputation? Because it seems like weird people in HS admitted they were "writers," so it seemed weird. But no one calls J.K. Rowlings weird. Or the bloggers that make boatloads of money off their super popular blogs. It's a lame stereotype (writers=weird) that some people fit, and most don't. So we should be proud of being writers, because we know what kind of writers we are. And if others don't, maybe they'll be curious to see how we (cool people : ) can be writers (weird people), and they'll read our blogs, and hopefully like us so much they'll want to pay us. Sounds like a good plan, don't you think?

Becca said...

hey, i read your blog and i'm not even a blogger (i don't think starting a blog, but never posting one post on it really counts as blogging). Plus, hobbies? who needs 'em? :) I don't have any either, to tell the truth

Hosander said...

Sing it Sister!
besides, now that I'm finally done with college, I realize how much time there is in a day and that hobbies are a rational thing to do, whereas in college, writing papers was taking up all my hobby time.