It is perfectly okay to like, share, converse about your interests: sports, TV shows that you like, favourite ballerina/Kardashian, whatever takes you fancy.
Condescendingly mocking someone because their interests are not similar to yours is not okay.
Well I think it’s pretty obvious why, but let’s proceed.
Because something that somebody may be so damn passionate about, for instance, interior design, can change in an instant when an arrogant individual mocks or makes a mean comment about this specific topic. This interior design whiz can go from having an entire bedroom wall decorated in paint samples from Bunnings to threading each paint card one by one into the shredder, resulting in a blank wall that serves no other purpose but to hold the roof up. All because a classmate, parent, or friend had the nerve to say something utterly shitty like “interior design is for failed artists, is that why you like it so much?” because they thought it was funny.
First of all, stand up for yourself. You don’t want to be friends with people who are going to mock your passion, and if it’s a parent, stand up for yourself even more than you would someone of a similar age to you. Parents need to know that comments like that are not okay.
Secondly, have a cry. Yes, that comment was hurtful, what a bitch. Have a cry, scream into a pillow, get the mean comments out of your system. I understand that this may be harder fo some, and I understand that negative thoughts may circulate longer than you want them to. And that’s okay.
Thirdly, make that comment your bitch. Someone doesn’t like interior design? FUCK ‘EM. It’s not their life, it doesn’t affect them, they’re just putting crap on you because you have a passion and they don’t. Or your passion is different from the norm.
If anything, you’d want you interests, clothes, attitude, hairstyle, whatever, different from the norm. I mean, do you really want to be sitting in a retirement home at 92 thinking “why did I spend my university years making Kardashian references and wearing crop tops? I didn’t even like those things.” No. Didn’t think so.
Stand out from the crowd! Like your own things! And if that’s the same as someone else’s interest, such as the Kardashians, then great!
Be your own person. People may not like it. But are you going to be sitting with those people in said retirement home when you’re both 92?
No. Didn’t think so.