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In Defense of Cringe

Sadie Quimby

Posted on November 7, 2020 22:26

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Let people enjoy things.

I'm sure some of you who are reading this have gone through a cringey phase before, likely in middle or high school. A lot of people have times where they look back and think, I can't believe I did that/was like that, so embarrassing.

Personally, I'm one of those people who never went through an embarrassing cringe phase (aside from some emo poetry, but I never showed that stuff to anyone). My whole life I've been too afraid to express any interest that could be interpreted as cringey.

On one hand, it's nice not looking back on middle school with a "what was I thinking" feeling. Instead, I barely remember middle school, because I never really put myself out there or took any risks.

One reason why middle school is such a terrible experience for many people is that some kids have reached the point of being self-conscious, resulting in them judging themselves and others, while other kids are still unselfconscious.

The final point of development, which happens at some point in high school or a little later, is realizing that everyone has different perspectives on life and that people should do what makes them happy without facing judgment from others (as long as they aren't hurting anyone, of course).

Unfortunately, a lot of people are still pretty judgmental even as adults. It doesn't make sense to me, because if someone has an interest why is that any of your business? If someone enjoys anime, or sleeps with stuffed animals still, or gets really excited about dinosaurs, or does cosplay, or reads/writes fanfiction: how does that affect your life in any way?

Recently, after watching "Avatar: The Last Airbender" for the first time, I started drawing fanart of the characters. Not only is this fun, but it also has helped me improve my people drawing skills a significant amount in just a few weeks time. I honestly wish I had realized the benefits of fanart in middle school or even earlier: if I had started drawing people that young, I could be so much better now, instead of playing catch-up.

The moral is, unless you are interested in doing something morally wrong (in which case, please get help), do what you want. People who mock others for enjoying things which they find "cringey" aren't cool. The coolest people, and the happiest too, are those who follow their interests, wherever that may lead.

Sadie Quimby

Posted on November 7, 2020 22:26

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Source: Mental Floss

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