Embracing People’s Differences

I had a bit of a rant on Twitter a while ago, about how some people put you down or make you feel small because your hobbies, interests and what you enjoy doing for fun is different from theirs. Now, I know on a whole, people are generally accepting. In the diverse world we live in, it’s hard not to be but I know from past experience that some people do have something to say about the fact that I don’t enjoy clubbing anymore, nor do I like getting drunk and doing what could be considered “normal” for a young woman of my age to be doing. And unfortunately, I’m probably not the only person to have experienced this.

The same goes for books and genre choices. I don’t and will never understand why people put others down based on their reading choices when it doesn’t effect them in any way what-so-ever what anyone else is reading. Everyone is different and as clichรฉ as it may sound, “If everyone liked the same thing, the world would be an extremely boring place”.

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So, to go with this post, I thought I’d share a few that I enjoy or find interesting that you might not be aware of;

1. Formula 1

Since being with my boyfriend who is the biggest Formula 1 fan I have ever known, I’ve really gotten into the sport. Not because he is, I’m not that kinda gal, but because the more I heard about it or the more I saw on the TV or YouTube from what he was watching, the more interested I got. Now, I’m a pretty big fan and will never miss a race!

2. Cross-stitching

I haven’t done this in a while, but I find cross-stitching very relaxing and calming and the final outcome, after hours and hours of working on a single picture, is extremely satisfying. I’ve only managed 2 full cross-stitches in my life; one of flowers and the other of a cat in a post box but I’m very proud of them and hope to pick it up again at some point.

3. Space

I am and always have been completely and utterly fascinated by space, planets, stars and everything about our solar system. I could listen to Professor Brian Cox talk for hours (God knows what he’s talking about but that’s not the point).

4. Drumming

I used to be an avid drummer. And whilst I haven’t had lessons nor played on my kit for years, the instrument still holds a special place in my heart and I would never rule it out completely because I’d love to pick it up again one dayย – even just for fun. I had drum lessons with a private teacher outside of school and they were the best lessons I’ve ever had.

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I took the question to Twitter after my little rant and asked my followers, “Name 1 hobby/interest you have that others may not be aware of” and I absolutely loved all the answers I got.

@jackiekabler: Dinosaurs! Instead of some lovely jewellery that is the norm, asked hubby for a dinosaur tooth for 20th wedding anniversary!
@VerbosityRvws: I’m actually really into photography
@book_magpie: I like to do art journaling now and then it’s very relaxing
@kirstysnotebook: Writingย ๐Ÿ™‚ Not alot of people know about my blog or goals as a writer lol.
@Lindahill50Hill: Actually, apart from my husband, none of my family and friends know I have a book blog!
@Agi_mybookshelf: Dogs breeding ๐Ÿ™‚
@skydreamsimi: Baking ๐Ÿ™‚
@Blunty_Poet: I’m so cheffy I sometimes make my own bread, hams, bacon (yes, cure it) and even my own smoked paprika.
@Escapismfanatic: I watch a lot of Asian dramas. Namely Japanese and Korean.
@LeahJMoyse: Cross stitch
@LauraBambrey: Crochet ๐Ÿ™‚
@Laura__Salters: Chess!
@BrizzleLass: Iย play Ingress. It’s an app based game which involves picking a side, walking around and destroying things!
@badgerunicorn: Hmmm… Well, I’m mostly an open book, but people always seem surprised when I say I like Fall Out Boy. Does that count?
@danielriding: knitting, painting, sewing. Xxx
@gilbster1000: may sound odd but blogging for me to. I’ve told almost no one that I know.
@ajcraftybox: i love doing crafts book folding ,cards, jewellery
@lynsey1991: playing detective games on my laptop.
@LizaTaitBailey: cross stitching feminist messages ๐Ÿ™‚
@BerryBloomXO: Actually, blogging! Whenever I mention it people get a little wide eyed and are like ‘Really?!’ – so yep, blogging! ๐Ÿ™‚

The aim of this post was simple: To embrace people’s differences.

I really hope you enjoyed this post and thank you to all those who replied to my tweet and contributed. What hobbies, passions or interests have you got that might be considered “different” or that other people might not be aware you have? Let us know in the comments below!

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38 thoughts on “Embracing People’s Differences

  1. It’s lovely to see someone write a post like this! One of my favourite things is colouring – the books like Secret Garden by Johanna Basford. While I post the colouring on my blog and Instagram sometimes, I feel like I can’t tell others in my every day life that that is how I spent part of my weekend! I feel like they’ll think it is pointless, juvenile or weird!

    Michelle -x-

    • Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh! I bought my first colouring book which turned up today! How funny ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually can’t wait to start it, I can imagine it’s extremely therapeutic! I think you’d be surprised at what others think! xx

  2. The fact I like Doctor Who at the age of 21 gets people sneering but the one thing I always get asked is if I have a boyfriend because being single at the age I am is considered weird by a lot of people!

    • What a great post, Jenny. Unfortunately, people will always have something to say about others, more often than not something negative.
      Around where I live, people find it odd that I read so much. I have to admit it is my only hobby – that and blogging – so I can tell why it might be perceived as weird.
      You have some very cool interests!

      • Thank you so much, Ana and you’re absolutely right… It’s sad that some people are so concerned about what other people are doing when they should be focusing on what THEY are doing. And really? I will never understand why anyone would find reading as “odd”? It’s the most timeless hobby anyone could have! xx

      • Honestly, at this point I could not care less. People are going to judge no matter what you do. Might as well be something you enjoy. I have never been and seriously doubt I will ever try to be a people pleaser. I would rather be alone anyway.

    • Haha! I don’t and have never watched Doctor Who but I don’t understand why just because you’re 21 and watch it, that would be weird? Also… On what planet is it normal for a 21 y/o to have a boyfriend? Why is ANY age “normal” to have a boyfriend/girlfriend? xx

      • You should watch it. Basically ten years of my life have been about Doctor Who. I think it’s because people assume it’s a kids show.

        And I know right!?
        Why do I have to rush into things?

      • I do really want to start watching it, I think I’ll like it! Although I’ll probably start from David Tennant’s series if I do (: And you don’t need to rush into anything! Nobody else’s life or business but your own and if you don’t want a boyfriend, don’t have one!

  3. I’ve never really been into clubbing, or drinking. My “weird” hobby: poledancing. I’ve yet to meet people who don’t look at least a little baffled.

    • Wow! That’s amazing! They do poledancing lessons somewhere near me, I always drive past the sign and contemplate asking for more information because I hear it’s a lot of fun and fantastic for you health/exercise wise! xx

      • It is really good exercise wise. Health wise too, but you’re gonna have a lot of bruises and sore spots in the beginning.
        I love it, yet unfortunately haven’t been able to do it in a while. (I’ve moved and there’s nothing around).

  4. Hi Jenny, what a good post. At my age I no longer care what others think of my reading habits or anything else in my life really. I have never been a typical girl anyway. More of a tomboy who preferred toy cars to dolls. Now in my 50s I am so loving reading YA books which some say shouldnt be read by us oldies. I say rubbish! If i like it i’ll read what I like, Its all nonsense.
    I love that you like drumming, my son is a musician in a band but i admit you dont hear of many female drummers so thats great.
    I used to love cross stitch too and did many projects but i dont have the patience now.
    Really enjoyed your post Jenny, something really original

    Gill x

    • Thank you so much Gill and thank you for your little input into it! I loved hearing other people’s answers ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ohhh the whole YA debate winds me RIGHT up! You’re not a Young Adult so you shouldn’t read YA. I’m not an Elf… Does that mean I shouldn’t read Fantasy? It’s ridiculous! YA is a fantastic genre!

      Ooh, your son is in a band? That’s cool! And you’re right, drumming isn’t really a “girls” hobby. When I had my lessons I very rarely bumped into any other girl drummers as well but the good thing was, my teacher didn’t make it a big deal or treat me any differently from any of the boys he taught ๐Ÿ™‚ He was the best teacher I’ve ever had.

      I can understand the patience issue with cross-stitching. It’s great but can get really annoying when you get a bit wrong or you don’t seem to be making any progress!

      xxx

  5. Great post – agree entirely. It’s people’s differences that make the world an interesting place. It’s amazing how many people sneer at other people’s choices be it music, books or whatever. As for unusual hobbies – not very unusual or particularly secret but I took up flute last year in my mid-40s. Thoroughly enjoying it though I’ll never be James Galway!

    • Thank you! And I know, I don’t understand it and never will! Ooh really? I used to play the flute when I was in primary school! It’s an incredibly hard instrument – how are you getting on with it? The flute wasn’t really for me – as you can probably tell since I went onto drumming from that! But it’s a gorgeous instrument, very expensive too!

      • Enjoying it lots. I wanted to play at school but they didn’t have an instrument available. My husband gave me one for Christmas a few years back and I finally got around to organising lessons.

  6. Such an inspiring post ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m an outer space geek too! And as peculiar as it seems, I’m proud to tell people that my love for reading was born when I first encounter an encyclopedia (yup, no internet then!) about the heavenly bodies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I LOVE this post! I have a quote low-key and unknown thing that I am interested in and that would be makeup artistry and interior designing! I could scrolls for hours on interior design Pinterest boards and what not! And I love reorganizing and decorating my room and house. xoxo

    • Ooh that’s interesting! I will admit, I’m a huge interior design fan too. The Pinterest boards?! AGH! They’re so addictive! I also play a LOT of The Sims, and make houses that I spend ages decorating haha ;D xxx

      • Yes! Pinterest is my source of procrastination and is so incredibly awesome! SIMS! I love that game so much. Building and decorating houses in it is the best! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜„

  8. This is a great post! I’ve always been judged by people around me for enjoying solitary activities: like reading, cross-stitching or puzzles. I just can’t be around people all the time, I love being alone and these pastimes keep me company. I’m actually embroidering a pillow for my niece to come right now. It’s taking me ages but I’m quite proud of myself ๐Ÿ™‚
    Luckily true friends don’t judge and they are the only ones whose opinion matters to me.

    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ And I very much agree; I like solitary activities too and it’s not a bad thing to want to spend time with yourself every now and again! And you’re absolutely right, true friends don’t judge ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  9. I love creating music videos! It’s the best hobby I can think of and I would love to make money from it someday. It’s great to embrace other people’s interests, you could learn something new and different everyday!
    Shona x

    • Oh wow, really? That’s interesting! What programmes/software do you use for that? I’d love to see them someday – what a fab hobby. Fingers crossed that one day you can make money from it ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  10. I couldn’t agree more!
    I spent all of 2012 constantly in a club, and I think I worse myself out, like you I’m really not in to clubbing anymore especially as night buses are involved and it’s so much hassle, I’d much rather stay in or if I have to, go to the local spoons for a drink or two! Luckily for me my friends feel much the same way, other acquaintances however think I’m weird and nerdy haha. I write, game, I’m really in to history, like “gets all the monthly history magazines and reads them cover to cover when she’s not reading textbooks” kinda into it! I like to make smoothies and experiment and I’m quite in to health and fitness. I think everyone knows about acting as it’s primarily my career but then I always get a certain look whenever I say I’m an actor and it’s usually accompanied by a sneer!

  11. I asked this question as one of my awards posts. Never had the idea of turning into a full post though. Well done. It’s a shame that try and make you feel inferior for your hobbies and interests. Any drummer you especially rate? Do you have a favourite Grand Prix?

    • Thank you! It is a shame but unfortunately it’s all too common. Despite having being a drummer for a while, I honestly don’t know many drummers nor can I recommend any haha! I love the Canadian GP, the British obviously and Belgium ๐Ÿ™‚ Spa is a fantastic circuit.

      • Good question! I think Nico is in for a fantastic shot, if he keeps it up and pulls his finger out for the rest of the season. I do think Lewis will win though. Really looking forward to Silverstone ๐Ÿ™‚

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