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Started by lapsedcat on Sep 6, 2021 2:02:28 PM
Things you pretended to like when you were a teenager because your friends did

Wrestling on the telly. Meh. But all my friends liked it so I had to make the effort and say things like "That Ultimate Warrior was a bit heavy-handed didn't you think?"

Deanna Monk. She was held up as being the epitome of feminine beauty in our year and all the lads fancied her rotten but I buried my indifference under a carapace of lustfulness. I used to write like this when I was 15.

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Dubris - 06 Sep 2021 14:43:08 (#1 of 47)

A likely story, Lapsed. Were you not a teenage cat who walked by himself and who scorned the shallow enthusiasms of his classmates?

phantlers - 06 Sep 2021 14:47:41 (#2 of 47)

The Incredible String Band but I couldn't keep up the pretense for side 2.

phantlers - 06 Sep 2021 14:48:00 (#3 of 47)

See also Steve Hillage.

TommyDGNR8 - 06 Sep 2021 16:07:30 (#4 of 47)

Customised cars, though I think the interest was more in the girls draped over the bonnets than the machines.

Macpaddy - 06 Sep 2021 16:29:17 (#5 of 47)

Were you living in NZ during your teens, lapsed?

lapsedcat - 06 Sep 2021 16:30:49 (#6 of 47)

Up until I was 16 yes

Macpaddy - 06 Sep 2021 16:34:38 (#7 of 47)

Ah, that explains it. Out in the real world we don't very much pretending to like things simply because our friends did. That path is a nightmare. I mean how do you know they aren't all following one friend's likes, and that secretly no- one like them or it.

Antimatter - 06 Sep 2021 16:35:07 (#8 of 47)

Coffee, cigarettes, nail varnish. I managed to kick the nail varnish habit.

Delighted_User - 06 Sep 2021 16:35:57 (#9 of 47)

Understandable. It tastes awful.

AdonisBlue - 06 Sep 2021 16:51:46 (#10 of 47)

Guitar based Indie music when I really loved dance music. Not for my friends but because I much preferred the nice middle class indie girls to the hard faced girls at raves.

Careers. I never had any interest in my career but went along with the pressure from teachers/lecturers to perform, assuming as I aged and needed money for kids etc career interests would grow on me as it has all my mates. I'm 50 now and still have no interest in my.career.

TheExcession - 06 Sep 2021 16:54:04 (#11 of 47)

I've always been a bit disturbed by people who know what they want to be aged twelve. I'm 44 and still wondering what to do when I grow up.

AdonisBlue - 06 Sep 2021 16:57:18 (#12 of 47)

I've finally given up wondering. What I'd like to do is nothing, but obviously can't afford that. I'm convinced many fake an interest in careers, or at least I hope they do when I meet someone who is 'passionate about Data Protection". Really? Are you?

TheExcession - 06 Sep 2021 17:11:05 (#13 of 47)

Reminds me of a meeting with our new broadband account manager who stated that it was the job he'd always wanted. When he left the room there was a chorus of 'What, really?' 'When I was eight I wanted to be a spaceman' etc. etc.

TommyDGNR8 - 06 Sep 2021 17:34:40 (#14 of 47)

I was that sad little shite who knew what he wanted to do when he was nine (basically, when I realised I was never going to be big or fit enough to be a wrestler). Just about did it, too.

tasselhoff - 06 Sep 2021 18:10:20 (#15 of 47)

I don't think I was influenced by any of my friends as a teenager. I was still young enough to know everything.

airynothing - 06 Sep 2021 18:12:54 (#16 of 47)

Boys.

Dubris - 06 Sep 2021 20:57:19 (#17 of 47)

If only you'd met Deanna Monk.

DishyFishy - 06 Sep 2021 22:09:32 (#18 of 47)

I'm 50 now and still have no interest in my.career.

I could probably earn a fair bit more if I looked for another job along the lines of what I do now, but I really can't be arsed. I work for a decent company, have nice colleagues, have a great deal of autonomy and have been into the office about 8 times in the last five years. Last month our team got a new manager who said "You're all adults, you all know what you're doing, so just let me know if you need anything.". Why would I leave that behind?

Catspyjamas17 - 08 Sep 2021 12:13:49 (#19 of 47)

Kissing boys. Don't think I actually enjoyed kissing anyone until I was probably 17 or so. And even then sometimes it wasn't great but occasionally it was very nice.

Catspyjamas17 - 08 Sep 2021 12:17:54 (#20 of 47)

I did actually want to be a lawyer when I watched LA Law aged 12 or so. But it wasn't like "Well, that's my trajectory and career path now!" Thought of lots of other jobs during my teens but nothing else really stuck.

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