Saturday, April 23, 2016

Why It's OK To Be A Little Basic

My friends at Urban Dictionary define the word "Basic" as, "An adjective used to describe any person, place, or activity involving obscenely obvious behavior, dress, or action." Before I even was using the term though, I knew I wanted to be the opposite of basic. Thinking back to when I was 11 or 12 I remember having such a desire to be considered different from other people, especially other girls. I think many people feel the pressure to be "not like other...(insert identity here)".

I personally, have felt pressure to be not like other girls, black people, young adults, ect. BUT I lately have been starting to care less and less and it feels pretty awesome. Who cares if someone sees me in UGG boots drinking a Starbucks Latte? I'm freaking comfortable and my Monday morning is about to be awesome. Who care that most of my music library can be found on the Top 40 radio station? Doesn't keep me up at night. I have officially cut off the need to feel like an individual to people. I know that I'm unlike anyone else and I am worth getting to know but I do not have to prove it. In my opinion, we all need to try to get to know people to know if they're worth being around, not make snap judgement based on the things they like or don't like. 

Yes, I love a million basic things, I also have tons of interest you probably don't get or have never heard of. But none of that changes how cool or uncool I am. I think the coolest thing anyone can do is just genuinely participate in the things they enjoy and therefore enjoy their life. Now am I going to get a tattoo in some language that I don't understand and stop thinking for myself? No. But I am going to be more conscious about doing the things I do because I like them and not because they're unique or cool at the moment.

So on that note, this whole post was inspired by a video that the Youtube channel, Nuclear Family, posted that reminded me of how I used to feel. Constantly trying to bring up the things I do that are different from everyone else. Of course this video is extremely over dramatic but is also hilarious. 

What do you guys think? Do you ever feel like you try to make sure people know you're not basic? Or do you simply not care? Let me know!


  1. I love it! I'm totally guilty of loving the same things everyone else does. It is sooooo comforting to let go of the "I don't want to be categorized as this or that" mindset and to just do the things you like because you want to. I know your post focused on basic-dom, but I think your message translates deeply in other areas of life. Everyone strives to be special, but so many people overlook the fact that just being your authentic self is extremely special in this world!