Why do we do this? I have enjoyed reading my novel, and it's what I wanted right now. But, why do I want to hide this piece of me from others? If I told some of you about my reading choice, and slipped in the phrase "guilty pleasure," you might commiserate with me, and share one of your own book choices you don't want people to know about, and then we would feel bonded in this moment of vulnerability, honesty, and acceptance.
As we hide ourselves from judgement, a judgement we assume will condemn us to be exiled out of relationship, we lose the opportunity to be known and accepted for who we are, flaws and all. It's what we really want--to be known and accepted, flaws and all.
I'm hereby intentionally banning the phrase "guilty pleasure" from my vocabulary.
Things that bring me pleasure, and for which I will not take on the assumed guilt that disclosing them will make you think less of me (If you do think less of me, where is your judgement coming from? What does my pleasure cost you?).
- Dance movies--including Magic Mike which I watched recently, and is a really terrible movie with only one exceptional dancer. I didn't like the movie, but I chose it because it was about dancing.
- Peanut Butter and Butter sandwiches. That's right, butter.
- 31 Kisses, apparently. I also have a few other mindless novels that bring me enjoyment. Let me know if you want to borrow them.
- Extra Cool Whip on my desserts. Yum, Cool Whip.
- Minor plumbing projects. Yes, I would probably like to help you with yours.
- Occasionally watching seasons of The Bachelor.
- Shows on the CW and ABC Family (especially the ones about horses).
- Friday afternoon carb binges (I don't know why this is a Friday thing, but Trader Joe's baked cheetos are great for this).
- McDonald's Double Cheeseburger Meals--there's something about eating hot fries in the car.
- Whistling The Muppet Show theme song nearly every day.
Anyone else care to share?
Ps. If you google guilty pleasure and look at the images that come up, it's whole page of Ashley Tisdale (I'm out of the loop on that one) and this. Yes, please.