So, here’s the deal. I am about to be brutally honest and admit something that honestly I had no earthly idea I didn’t even know about myself…OK? It’s embarrassingly honest…and maybe a little bit sad.
I cannot count the times that I have heard Bo say, “REALLY?!! OH MY GOSH!” since we have been dating. It is hilarious to me at this point every time I hear him say it, because by now I know that HE knows that I am NOT kidding.
At first, I think he thought I was kidding…now he knows that I am SO not kidding!
What could make him say this so many times you wonder?
I don’t have the foggiest clue about Pop Culture.
Famous people? I know some, but not many.
Movies? I’ve watched movies….but they are pretty limited (apparently!)
Music? Classic Country, Contemporary Christian, Southern Gospel, and well Hit Country.
Sitcoms? I don’t really watch TV. I have watched it…but I couldn’t tell you who played what and/or said this or that from any given show.
Quotes? I have quotes…just not word for word that are applicable to any and every situation known to man from any and all television shows, cartoons, movies, and/or songs.
References to any of the above pretty much go straight over my head. I have mastered the art of pretending like I knew what people were talking about over the years by laughing at the right time or just smiling while other people talk about this show or that movie. I was actually very good at hiding my lack of pop culture knowledge until I started dating the King of Pop Culture Knowledge.
Bo Gray can recite every single line from every single movie, sitcom, song, or event he has ever watched, listened to, and/or attended. It’s crazy! I love to see him stop and tell me to listen during the middle of a song. He starts smiling and then sings or says whatever it is word for word and then just carries on like nothing ever happened. Not only can he do that…he can give me the background history of everything and why it mattered to the rest of the world!
So, you can just imagine how much fun it is to see the shock and awe on his face when he quotes something and I don’t respond like he thinks I should. Honestly, it has gotten to the hysterical stage at this point. At first I was a little embarrassed when I knew he saw through my fake understanding. It’s just funny now, because he has started preferencing his statements by asking “Have you ever?” or “I know you probably haven’t, but” every time something pop culture related comes up. He feels the need to feel me out before saying anything…like it’s gonna hurt me or something! Hahahaha!!
Somebody out there has to be like me…right? Am I literally THE only person who is pretty much unaffected by the news that the guy who’s name is a symbol died today? Did anyone else have to Google the lady from WWE to see why everyone was so upset that she died today too? I mean surely I am not the only person living under a rock. Right? Please tell me that I am not alone!
I am probably alone.
Go ahead and laugh folks…I mean it is funny that in a world saturated with television, movies, MP3 players, and digital audio that I have so little knowledge of the “popular” things that “everyone else” knows. Trust me, I laugh at myself all of the time!
I have just come to the conclusion that I really don’t mind not knowing what is going on in pop culture. I have made the choice to protect what goes into my brain and as a result what comes out is genuinely real. I quit watching the news years ago. My co-workers can attest to that one…they always have to tell me what’s going on in the world. I guess now it will be Bo’s job as well to make sure that I am made aware of things that could be considered important to the rest of the world. It’s a tough job, but I know he can handle it.
I honestly hope he stays tickled about my dead silence and innocent stares though, because it is funny to see the look of total disbelief on his face when I am clueless…and it makes me laugh every single time! I don’t mind not knowing all of the stuff everyone else on earth seems to know about! I’m good with knowing what I know and sticking my nose in a book to find out something that I can apply to life from my own perspective if I want to. It doesn’t bother me in the least to be clueless.
My brain is full of stuff that matters to me. So….to whoever is out there like me…and I KNOW there HAS to be SOMEONE out there like me…
What I am saying is this: It is totally OK to be different.
Different is fun.
Different is interesting.
Different is cool.
It takes strong people to be different.
But, being different does not have to make you mean…or judgmental…or critical of others. Sometimes, being different makes you interesting. And, when you are interesting people want to spend time with you.
I would say that Bo likes spending time with me. I like spending time with Bo. We spend as much time together as we possibly can between our two crazy lives. See how that works? Pretty neat huh?
Go ahead and try it.
Try to meet someone new and get to know them. Someone who sees things in a whole new way that you might not have ever considered before…without being judgemental or biased about it.
Maybe its a school mate…or a co-worker.
Maybe its the new neighbor down the street.
Maybe its that weird lady you see at the grocery store every time you go to get milk.
Maybe its that guy on the treadmill next to you at the gym.
Or, maybe its that kid sitting in your classroom who talks too much and won’t sit still.
You never know…you might be like us and end up really liking each other’s differences. You might even end up learning a whole lot about YOURSELF in the process. I know I sure am! LOL
Be brave and be different. Don’t be mean. Mean is NOT cool. Mean is for sissy’s. Anyone can be mean.
It takes someone special and strong to be nice to others. Kindness is totally RAD DUDE!
Have you got what it takes to be different AND kind? The rest of the world is dying to find out….