How Having An Eclectic Style And Taste In Funky Music Got Me Where I Am Today
Back in high school, I had somewhat of an eclectic style consisting of leggings, shirts, pants, you name it. They most likely had crazy patterns, full of bright and vibrant colors.
I listened to all kinds of funky music that nobody really seemed to enjoy, but it made me happy. I was me. Many times, I got teased for my different style and taste in music. Fast forward some years later and those same people that judged me for who I was back then are now wearing the same type of clothes, going to Moonrise, listening to the genre of music I fell in love with years and years ago that wasn’t quite “the norm” back then.
It’s one thing to do something out of enjoyment, but a complete other to do so just because everyone else is. Don’t be so quick to judge others as you never know where you will be in your future.
I specifically remember listening to Zomboy as I did my work one day my senior year. One of my classmates asked what it was so naturally I took my earbud out and allowed her to listen. She then proceeded to tell me that the song was by no means music, but a bunch of “noise”. This same individual also asked me one day where I found clothes with “such weird patterns”. You will never guess who I saw posting videos of themself rocking the crazy leggings jamming out to Zomboy this past Moonrise…
Throughout the years, EDM has increased in popularity.
The rave and festival scene have become more trendy and many have grown accustomed to this sort of lifestyle. I think it’s pretty awesome that so many have been able to see why I listened to my “weird” music when most were listening to artists such as Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar and so on.
By no means do I mean to degrade the interests others possess.
I don’t intend to offend anyone and I firmly believe we should do what makes us happy. What I feel to be wrong is when one blatantly judges another just because they have different likes and styles. Especially when they have the same style and taste in music years later.
It took me a long time to feel comfortable walking into school wearing my style of clothes.
I took a long time to admit I had no idea what new song Kid Cudi was coming out with.
It took me a long time to be secure enough in being who I was. But I did it. I began to embrace my style and decided I wasn’t going to go to a concert everyone else was. Instead, I went to see my first rave and saw my favorite group, Krewella for the first time.
There’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes along in feeling comfortable with who you are as a person.
The first rave I went to was a major contribution in allowing me to do so. Being able to see that there were hundreds of people sharing the same style and taste in music I did and knowing I was right where I needed to be proved I had no reason to be offended, hurt or upset at what everyone that judged me thought or said.
Personally, I believe Moonrise has many attendees who go just to be able to say they went. And that’s perfectly fine! But for me, I am about doing what I enjoy and not doing what would make me seem trendy because it’s what everyone else is doing. Don’t be a follower. Be the originator of your happiness.