Sometimes I find that I’m not in the right mood for a particular piece of culture.
I’ll borrow a DVD of a television show from the library, and I’ll watch one or two episodes and dismiss it. Then, a few months later, I’ll watch the same TV show and find myself rolling on the floor laughing at it and binge-watching the entire series in a day.
The same thing happened to me with Americanah, a wonderful novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I picked it up six months ago, read three chapters, and decided I wasn’t in the mood for it. Then I started to read it again in early March, and looooooved it!
So funny. Same person – different mood – different taste and preferences.
ANYWAY – the point of all this is that a long while ago, Tee recommended that I start listening to the podcast Call Your Girlfriend. I tried it out and I wasn’t really into it. The podcast tagline is “a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere” and it’s hosted by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow. I couldn’t really identify anything wrong with the podcast – it just wasn’t my jam.
There was one aspect of the show that I really liked, and I wrote a blog post about it. (See here to read that post!) I shared that post on Facebook recently and several friends made comments about how much they liked the podcast. So I decided to give it another try.
It is HYSTERICAL! Why didn’t I realize it the first time around? CYG is now, officially, my jam.
I really do think that we can experience cultural moodiness. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a salad and sometimes I crave a sandwich – a similar phenomenon happens with our appetites for books, movies, music, et al.
Luckily, we have endless opportunities to circle back around to something we think we’re not into and give it a new try. This has happened with me with so many things – even Harry Potter, which, for anyone who knows me, is a major example of how tastes can change. The first time I picked up a Harry Potter book, it was not for me – I wasn’t into fantasy and I though HP was going to be like sci-fi for kids. Luckily, I picked up HP again a few months later; I read the first three books in less than a week and my love affair with the wizarding world was born. Cue sigh of happiness.
I’m in my thirties now, and sometimes as we get older, we think of ourselves as set in our ways – we imagine that our preferences and our interests are locked in place.
But they’re not. Just because we’re not a yogi at age thirty, that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace yoga right at this moment. If I haven’t ever played tennis before, that doesn’t mean I can’t adopt it as a hobby later in life. If I’ve never been motivated enough to sit through Star Wars or to read War and Peace – that doesn’t mean I won’t try those things later and looooove them as much as I currently love the movie Inside Out and books by Christopher Buckley. Anything is possible!