30DBH Day 1 – Cable TV and One Night Stands
Day 01 — The one thing that it seems like everyone else on the planet is into but I just cannot stand is…
This question is so hard and that’s not even fair. I started this “project” one day after everyone else I’ve already seen almost all of the posts and I don’t want to do any repeats. I’m already reconsidering my “not posting on the weekends” rule just so I’m not too far behind.
I like to play devil’s advocate almost exclusively, you can probably tell by my comments. You write something and I’ll most likely find a way to support the other side. I also seem to be a fan of making things sooo much harder than they have to be and since I can’t really think of anything I can’t STAND, I’m making it about stuff I just don’t UNDERSTAND the appeal of.
Even then instead of making this post about the first thing that popped into my head (cable television and about how I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE WOULD PAY MONEY FOR TV) I’m also going to make it about one night stands because that’s just how we roll here at lifeofcarbon. What would 30DBH be without me actually being 100% honest.
Let’s start with the lighter stuff: cable. I really don’t understand cable. Why do I have to pay to get maybe five channels I actually like along with around forty that are mostly the same shows, but with different titles and slightly different looking actors plus some re-runs of shows that ended in the 90’s. Why can’t I just pay for channels individually? Or even better, why can’t I pay for shows individually? It’s killing me that I won’t be able to watch The Legend of Korra when it comes out, but it’s not worth the price of cable to me. Why should I get all of that excess content when all I really want is one show. Why is that so hard to do? I’d rather wait a year and watch it on Netflix if it’s going to be such a hassle.
Devil’s Advocate Mariana: I understand that some people love to watch sports and the internet has not yet provided an awesome enough solution and so cable is their only option. Then there are people like my “mother-in-law” who love to watch TV and they love the variety that cable provides. They feel that it is a good and entertaining service and the have absolutely no problem paying for it.
Now let’s get down with the honesty. After I totally refuted my first answer I tried to dig deep because that’s what this month is about, isn’t it? Being completely and unabashedly honest with yourself and sharing that part of you with others. So I dug down deep and this is what I came up with:
I really don’t understand the appeal of one night stands. Actually I don’t really understand the appeal of casual sex. Now I should probably get this out of the way: I am still young (19) and so I’m in no way an “expert” in this field. That’s probably why I don’t understand it…
First of all one night stands just seem very scary to me. Why in the world would I want to put myself in such a vulnerable position with a guy I’ve only just met? How in the world can you reach that level of trust with someone in only one night? TV and movies make one night stands out to be exciting, but I can’t imagine feeling anything other than fear and embarrassment.
Same with casual sex. I know we live in a world where sex in general is seen as no big deal and I think that’s a good thing for the most part because consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want as long as no one is getting hurt. That being said, personally I think being that intimate with another person is special and I can’t imagine treating it like you’re just going to the movies or grabbing a bite to eat. That’s just a completely foreign concept to me. Now I know from countless movies and TV shows that sex isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. It isn’t always the most magical thing in the world, but I think that just the fact that you two have that connection should at least MEAN something. Now I know that in a few years or so I might take this back, but that’s life. You live and learn.
This is probably explained by the fact that I’m an extremely monogamous person. I really like that in a world that’s constantly changing and throwing information at me there’s one person who is always there. It’s very comforting to have someone you don’t have to explain things to. Someone who knows you so well that instead of having to keep up appearances or feel like you constantly have to impress them, you can just lay back and be yourself 100%. It just seems like the world is constantly bombarding me with the idea that being in a relationship is the closest thing to death or prison and that I should instead be out partying and getting down with strange dudes. That the fact that I’m still young means I shouldn’t let anyone tie me down and that I should date as many people as possible. But why? It just doesn’t make any sense to me…
*** Please note that I don’t mean anything against people who have had one night stands or who think casual sex is no big deal. I just simply don’t understand it. Feel free to poke fun at my naivety. :3
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