A Note On Being Basic

There is a big stigma around being ‘basic’ online.

According to Urban Dictionary (which is a lifesaver for anyone over the age of 14, am I right?) basic means:

only interested in things mainstream, popular, and trending

If you happen to follow me on any other form of social media, you might have seen that I refer to myself as being basic all of the time.

Because according to modern beliefs, I am.

I’m someone who loves to do simple (or basic) things – like going for coffee, taking photos of Autumn colours, and drinking rose wine. #basicbitch I know.

And I feel like most of you are in the same boat when it comes to your hobbies.

These days it is very hard to be original – genuinely, organically original – simply because there are so many things that have already been done.

Thanks to social media, we are connected with like minded people from all over the world. We can build communities based on the things that we love and are interested in, so of course we are not unique in what we like to do.

So why do we feel like we need to be?

Lots of people will claim that being basic is a bad thing. There are countless of tutorials online about how not the be ‘basic’, but I’m here to ask a very important question: what is wrong with being like everyone else?

Without getting too deep into it all, you are not the same as anyone else anyway.

You are totally unique as you are, from your appearance to your personality.

So what does it matter if you like to wear the clothes that are on-trend right now, or if you listen to the same music as all of your classmates?

There are always going to be new trends popping up and the reason something becomes a trend is because people are doing it/using it/wearing it.

It’s likely that you are apart of these people.

I’m getting a little tired of the arrogance that comes from ‘not being basic’.

People are entitled to like whatever it is they like – you do not have the right to shame them, no matter what it is.

As a girl, I can take this whole blog post into the feminist direction because these kind of comments are typically associated with anything that is popular among women – but you already know that so I don’t need to go there today.

Basically, I just wanted to say that you have the right to enjoy whatever it is you enjoy.

Whether everyone is doing the same thing or no one has a clue what you are talking about, if you find joy in it then go for it.

Life is too short to be worried about what other people think of you, so you should just focus on making yourself happy.


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