In a course of six months, I’ve turned into the person I swore I’d never become. Just kidding. That’s a bit drastic, but it is certainly true that I’ve developed some degree of new habits and interests I thought I never would.
Pinkies Up, Buttercup. The Dowager Countess would be proud. Yes, I’m now one of those hipster “Coffee’s-too-mainstream,-I’ll-take-tea” drinkers. But not so hipster to the point that I absolutely must know if my tea bags are organic, what plant family it comes from, and whether or not that plant was rooted in a Portlandia-esque eco-friendly hippie commune.
Pretty Kind of Sad. In high school, I could not go a day without hearing “Did you watch Pretty Little Liars last night?” and “OMG, can you believe ‘A’ did that?” amongst the sophomore girls. At the time, I swore off what I saw as just another Gossip Girl-type drama. Then one boring week in August before moving out, curiosity – combined with a new slew of Netflix releases – got the better of me. Now I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I catch every episode on Hulu without fail. The show contains far more complicated plot twists, girl fights, screwed-up relationships, and cliff-hangers than I care to admit. Plus the four girls – who are indeed the epitome of prettiness and liars – seem to have quite a bit of pocket money to spend on frivolous wardrobe ensembles. Stilettos whilst running from the murderous ‘A’? Girl, please. But will I stop watching? Negativo. At least not until I figure out who ‘A’ is.
Getting Pinterested. I regularly refer to Pinterest as a “Girly Google.” If you need a recipe for gluten-free muffins filled with rainbows, or ideas for your prom dress made entirely out of organic materials, or how to make a hair bow in your hair using your own hair, Pinterest is there for you. Thanks to Pinterest, my unengaged roommate has all the details for her future wedding sorted out (love you Sierra!). As for me? I like on-the-cheap home decor ideas I’ll probably never use, and let’s be real, muffins are just awesome. Oh, and did you know you can make your own legit-looking Harry Potter wands using items from home? Accio Pinterest.
New Set of Wheels. As a pedestrian on foot, I dread oncoming bikers and boarders, many of whom just barely miss contact with me when speeding by. Then, as the title indicates, I got a new set of wheels. I left the Toyota Camry at home but took the scooter I hadn’t ridden since I was twelve with me. Indeed, as I roll along from class to class, weaving in and out between the walking peds, I’m another annoying potential accident waiting to happen.
Wrong Direction. When “What Makes You Beautiful” came out, I made my jibes at it for the same reasons Stephen Colbert did (“ ‘You don’t know you’re beautiful’ = great dating advice. Remember girls, low self-esteem: very attractive to men.”). But even then, I couldn’t deny its poppy tune. During midterms week once upon a November, I listened through the entire “Take Me Home” One Direction album. And liked it.
In another six months, I wonder how my tastes will change again. Maybe I’ll be an avid Instagramer. Learn to play my coffee-shop guitar tunes while longboarding. Develop a taste for walking everywhere barefoot. Watch a football game and enjoy it. Pffft. We all know that last one is the least likely to happen.