I don't like live concerts.
I have been to quite a few concerts. The concerts have ranged to smaller venues, for bands like Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy, to huge arenas, for Metallica and Beastie Boys. Now I am not a huge music fan but when I like a song, I want it to sound good, not raw. I find a studio recording, listened to in the comfort of my car to be more enjoyable than listening to the ropey performance on a stage, as members of the audience inadvertently assault me by being overly exuberant. I get that people prefer the live concert because of the experience but I haven't enjoyed a single live concert I've been to.
I don't like dancing.
I used to dance all the time. This was because when I was young, I found dancing awkward and people would see it as their goal to bully me out of my seat and onto the dance floor. I danced for years, thinking that everyone else did it, so I would. It was only when I looked at it in retrospect that I realised that I never enjoyed it. I just did it to fit in. I realised how little I thought of myself that I would rather do something I hated instead of standing up for myself. So now, I just decline when people ask me to dance. When they nag, I respond in a similarly rude way. I have asked people why they enjoy dancing but no one has given me a good answer. I appreciate dancing as a great art when done by genuinely talented people but otherwise, I find it stupid.
I don't like cake.
I'll eat it at a push but I find the fluffy consistency to be really odd. It's like I am eating a cloud! Give me cheese on toast or crisps over cake any day.
I don't like travelling.
I have been to various countries in Europe, Africa and America. I've seen many sights, from the Statue of Liberty to Table Mountain. Yet, it wasn't the scenery that interested me. It was the company. Every holiday I've been on, I was more glad to be home than excited to go on holiday. For years now, I have stayed home for my holidays, enjoying long lie ins, DVD days and days out. I have found them to be less stressful, cheaper and safer.
I don't like pets.
I'm not allergic to them. I just find them an irritation, a financial burden that offer nothing but decoration. I don't know why people get attached to animals. People have told me that they like having a dog because it is an excuse to go walking regularly. How weak is their willpower?! Cats, fish, hamsters, even Tamagotchis leave me cold and I find them pointless.
I list those five to illustrate my initial point. At the beginning, I said that we are all different. You accepted it but I would bet that you've read one of those five points and thought I was an idiot for having that opinion. You've seen my reasoning and dismissed it, probably citing that it is a stupid excuse. Why? I may not like those things but I wouldn't stop someone else doing them. If you really believe everyone is different, you'll also believe that people are entitled to their opinion. Difference isn't a sign of conflict. It is a sign of freedom, a sign of individuality and a sign that we value everyone for who they are. The world would be a less pleasant place if we weren't different, so don't destroy it.