According to Google’s infinite wisdom, the definition of ‘guilty pleasure’ is something like: ‘Something you shouldn’t like, but you like it anyway’. We all have them, although some are probably weirder than others. Here are a few of my guilty pleasures:
I love people watching because it’s like watching wildlife. People do hilarious things sometimes. For instance, my brother and I were in a queue at the supermarket once, and this one worker, a buff, black guy, started singing: “I’ll be your hopes. I’ll be your dreams. I’ll be your fantasy”. He was singing loudly. That is a level of ‘don’t-give-a-fuck’ that I aspire to.
Often this people-watching is paired with eavesdropping. I shamelessly eavesdrop, and it’s so easy these days because I use public transport. I’m usually on my phone or reading a book. But if you’re having a conversation on the train or bus and someone reading a book has not turned the page in over ten minutes, congratulations, you are their entertainment.
Scaring my mom
I’ve found scaring my mom amusing since I was a small child. I especially like scaring her with toy spiders, snakes, etc. She just always gives the best reactions. Afterwards, she’s really mad, but after a while, you know, after she sees how happy almost giving her a heart attack makes me, she joins in the laughter. That’s part of why I love her.
My mom also hates anything sour, so I mean obviously I’m constantly tricking her into eating sour things. You should see her face. I really miss that since I’ve moved.
Singing in the car
I don’t have a car anymore, but I used to love doing this. Also, I cannot sing to save my life, but I do actually love singing. I also loved driving, so I combined the two.
Every day when I drove to work or drove home and there’s a good song on the radio I turned it up and sang along—I mean, I’m the kind of person who even sings along with the guitar solos. The only thing that I didn’t like was when I was stuck in traffic, singing along, and I caught the judging gaze of the driver behind or next to me. Then I had to respond with a look that said, What? You don’t know me!
Watching random videos
If I have time to kill, I usually go to YouTube and watch videos of people trying on wedding and prom dresses from dodgy brands like Wish. I’ve already had my prom and I’m married. Why am I watching these videos?
I don’t know, I just like seeing the difference between the product on the website and what they actually delivered. Sometimes it’s hilarious.
Then I also love watching trailers. I’m that idiot that flips through Netflix and just watches trailers. Often, the trailer is the best part of the movie or series, or you feel you’ve seen the entire story play out by just watching the trailer. And that’s why I love watching trailers.
What are some of your guilty pleasures? Let me know in the comments.