Not Ashamed...Anymore

I am 41 yrs old.

I have learned many things in my years and made many mistakes. But the one thing that I realized is that we all have things we love. Movies, music, food, books. For many years there were some things, the guilty pleasures, that you kind of hide that you like them. “Closet Fans” is what I like to use. But in the past year I have realized that I am 41 yrs old. I am a full fledge adult. Life is short so just enjoy what you enjoy. Stop being ashamed.

WWE. Oh man, don’t get me started. To be 41 and a wrestling fan is the ultimate ridicule. “You know it’s fake right?” “You know it’s not real?” Yes, I do. I am fully aware of everything that is sports entertainment. Why should I be embarrassed by this? I love wrestling. Its action, its drama, its cheesy but I don’t care. Wrestling fans have a bond like no other. You see someone in public wearing a wrestling shirt and you are instant friends. So I am not ashamed.

Survivor. Seriously one of the best shows on television. My wife and I LOVE Survivor. I have seen every episode of every season. What we get all the time with our love for Survivor is “Is that still on?” You bet it is. 17 years and it is still as good as ever. So why should I be ashamed to like Survivor? I have no clue but people will mock you and make fun of you for it. But who cares? I am an adult and I can like Survivor.

Disaster Movies. HAHA. I am not joking. Twister. Day After Tomorrow. 2012. San Andreas. I love em. Can’t explain it. Even the ones that super cheesy (here is looking at Geostorm) I still get into them. There is just something about people getting in the middle of a disaster and fighting to survive.

There are other thing too. Young Adult novels, Cheesy Pop Music. Why should adults be ashamed of the things we like?

How does apply to your writing....simple. Write what you like. Don’t feel you have to write what is popular or what you think will sell. Write and don’t be ashamed. Like with picture books, Non Fiction is big, does that mean I should switch everything that I am doing and with non-fiction? I hope not. I’m terrible at non-fiction.

As a full fledge adult like what you want. Don’t let anyone mock your passion or you past times. Body slam them if they do.

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James Arthur

A children's picture book writer who lives in Texas with his wife and daughter. James lived in Taiwan for two years where he taught English and wrote stories for an international children's magazine.


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