What is a trend?
A trend is something that becomes popular in a relatively short time span. A great amount of people gravitate towards it.
- A trend is hot now but quickly fades.
- As quickly as it arrived is as quickly as it will go.
- It is often replaced by a new trend, while the old one typically becomes forgotten.
- Examples of trends: Music, clothing, dances, TV shows, physical physique/look, videogames, behavior etc.
- A trend can be anything!
- It is very diversed!
Do you remember the "twerking trend?"
All it took was, Miley Cyrus to get on stage with a giant foam finger and twerk her rear end like she was having a seizure. Before you knew it, twerks were on the rise!
Do you remember the "(insert name of challenge) trend"?
- Every few months there's a new internet challenge circulating the web. These challenges first gained my attention, when I discovered the "hot water challenge" and the "fire challenge".
- Hot water challenge and more
- Fire challenge
Look at the the destruction of what following the fad can do!
The list of trends is endless and continues to go.....
Why I dislike trends
When I think of the word "trend" I think of a set of people who don't have a mind of their own.
Lets rewind the clock back a bit so you can see how I formulated my opinion.
When I was in high school, everyone wanted to follow the popular kids and be just like them. They were the most talked about, most liked, and most respected. These popular kids didn't do anything outstanding or amazing. They were just really "cool" and had a lot of friends who often feared them. If their friends dared to challenge them, their entire highschool reputation would be at stake. Sounds minor right? Well, not to a teenager whose entire existence is the way in which others percieve them. Often times, these kids knew it wasn't worth it so they followed the words and actions of these popular kids. They never ever stated their own opinions or how they felt about anything. They sort of went with the popular crowd and did their best to blend in, and so they did!
The friends of the popular students pretty much followed what they considered hot.
Hot eventually cools down.
Like a trend, it is eventually replaced.
A new day and temperature begins, leaving the past behind us.
Not following trends allows me to keep my individuality
I never go with what is "hot" or "what is cool" because it's what every one else is doing. If I choose to do something it's because it appeals to me.
As previously stated, a trend can also pertain to a behavior.
Have you ever crossed paths with people who say things that are socially acceptable? They express opinions that they know a majority of people will agree with. If you ask them the same question in private, you'll be surprised at how different their answer is from their previous one. They never truly felt the way they expressed (originally). They just said those opinions because they knew everyone would agree with them.
Goodbye trends! When it fades what is left?
How will you know who you are without a trend if you are constantly following one?
Set your own path and lead the way!
Your spirit was intended to carry on, not fade.