It’s Okay To Love Mermaids. Here’s What To Do When People Make Fun Of You For Liking Weird Stuff.
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Hi Mer-friends! It’s your host, Laura von Holt, the Fairy Boss Mother of Cinderly, trying something a little new. I thought I would do a few “mini-sodes” to answer some of our most frequently asked questions. If you like this format, let me know, and I’ll do more of them!
I have gotten a few messages that honestly made me tear up. I want to say that I so appreciate these messages. The recurring theme is that people have felt made fun of or even bullied for loving mermaids, or just felt alone in their love for mermaids. Finding this podcast has made them feel not so alone.
If you feel the same way, I want you to know that I am so glad you found the Mermaid Podcast, I am so happy that you love mermaids. The other thing is that, IT IS TOTALLY OKAY TO LOVE WHAT YOU LOVE!
As someone who has always loved things they were denigrated, or considered frivolous – princesses and romance novels and fantasy books and mermaids and Twilight and vampires and theater and make-believe – all these things that the mainstream (ahem, PATRIARCHY) writes off as not worthy of consideration – well, all of these things have been INCREDIBLY important to me and my life. Now that I am an author, a podcaster, and an entrepreneur – nothing in my life would be as it is if I weren’t engaging in the things that I love.
Which is exactly why I want you to know that it’s okay to love what you love, and here’s why:
When we engage with the things that fascinate us, we engage our curiosity. Our curiosity is directly tied to our creativity, and our creativity is tied to our humanity…and our compassion and our empathy! When we follow what inspires us or ignites our imagination, we also engage our sense of empathy – when we ask what if or how about how come or I wonder…these are all part of the ways we expand our world view and our sense of what is possible.
When we expand our sense of what is possible, we question the things in our lives and our communities that are NOT WORKING…and then we work to change them.
Engaging with the things that you love makes you a better and more compassionate and more generous person. It makes you a brighter part of your community. Loving what you love is good for YOU, and good for humanity!
So the next time someone says, “Oh, you shouldn’t be into that.” Or, “Why do you like that? “You can say, “YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF WHAT I LOVE.” And then you can follow up with, “BECAUSE IT MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!”
Also, there are lots of people who are into the same things as you are – you just have to find them. Love = Community, and Communities help us feel connected to ourselves and our passions. So, keep looking, your people are out there!
That is my rant. Love what you love, and as my friend famous author Lindsay Emory says, “Don’t yuck someone else’s yum.”
That’s it for this mini-episode. If you have a question or topic you’d like to me to cover, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message over Facebook or Instagram. As always, if you like this episode, please subscribe or leave a review!
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