Oh, the joys of not being 13 anymore and therefore free to express ourselves in any ways we want to, instead of sticking to the imaginary expectations that no one really holds us to. Yet every time I use the term guilty pleasure (be it a TV guilty pleasures or any others), I almost feel like a silly teenager again – full of assumptions about what people may or may not judge me for. Absurd, isn’t it? A grown up woman worrying about what other people may think after learning of her binging patterns.
I like to think of myself as a well-rounded person, even if there is more hope than certainty in that statement. And although it is all nice and fluffy when it comes to talking about how much I enjoy reading philosophy, not all my interests are particularly… highbrow entertainment. Is it wrong? No. Should I be embarrassed of it? Definitely not. It comes in a package with being open to new experiences. I may reject a certain show or a hobby because it is not my cup of tea, but I’d never do this because I find it not worth my attention. This is what well-rounded really demands: looking for bits and bobs of knowledge and experiences everywhere, not only in a comfortable or fashionable niche.
And there is still a lot to learn, even in the worst of the worst TV guilty pleasures. Or at the very least – a lot to entertain oneself with. [Read more…]