By: Devin Riggs, Regular Contributor
Confession: Kelly Clarkson is my favorite singer of all time, hands down.
Confession: When I was in middle school, my favorite TV show was Roswell. I honestly thought it was the best show on television and it’s the only show I’ve ever written fanfic for. Those notebooks are currently living in a box in the back of my closet.
Confession: I have eaten a whole pizza by myself in one sitting on multiple occasions.
Confession: I like Taylor Swift’s music. I am excited for her new album to drop. And I’ve danced around to “Shake It Off” in my living room too many times to count.
Confession: I get upset if I miss an episode of Dancing With the Stars.
Confession: I LOVE singing with the radio—full out pretending that I’m on a stage in front of an audience. My performances in the car are pretty awesome.
Confession: I don’t know why I feel like these are things I should be ashamed of.
90s Boy Bands—NSYNC fans anyone?
Drinking milk straight out of the carton
Smutty romance novels
Watching Pretty Little Liars
80s Pop Music
Eating peanut butter via tablespoon
World of Warcraft
We’ve all got something we secretly love and would most likely not bring up in good company.
What is up with that?
What is so wrong with liking something? Why do I hide parts of me in fear of rejection or shame? Why do other people think it’s okay to judge someone based on these things?
No one should feel bad about liking something. No one should feel bad about doing something they enjoy. Unless of course you enjoy bringing other people down for doing what they love—that’s a problem.
Life is too short to spend it feeling guilty about eating that extra Snickers ice cream bar or hiding your love for intricate puzzles and scavenger hunts. Life is also too short to spend it giving other people crap and shaming them for the things they like just because you don’t personally like it yourself.
I am not ashamed of my so-called “guilty pleasures.” I am no longer embarrassed. I am proud of my passions. I celebrate them. I embrace them. I will shout them from the rooftops. I will not apologize for my enthusiasm.
Don’t hide away the things that delight you, that make you truly happy and add a skip to your step. They are usually the best parts of you. The most beautiful parts of you. Let them shine.
Never feel guilty for loving. The world can always use more love.
The best thing about guilty pleasures? EVERYBODY'S gott'em! Chances are when you start talking about the things you love you'll find others love the same things too. So don't be shy, share away!
Devin has a degree in education with a focus in English. She is working to publish her first collection of poetry while also learning the art of patience. Her passions include Doctor Who, penguins, hats and scarves, potatoes, dancing, photography, and making people happy. She believes in the healing powers of music, spending time in the great outdoors, and a good night sleep.