It’s the little things in life that often provide me with the most amount of happiness. We all have our guilty pleasures, and I try to indulge in them as often as I possibly can… Here are some of my favourites!
1. Listening to boy bands. I’m generally an 80’s rock chick – give me a band with massive hair, leather trousers and power chords and I have to resist the urge not to do some air guitar – but I can often find myself listening to my favourite boy bands of the 90’s. I’ve seen Bon Jovi five times in concert, but it’s not often that I’ll admit that I’ve also seen Westlife, Take That and New Kids on the Block too. If the opportunity to go and scream along to Backstreet Boys songs ever presents itself in the future, I’ll be there…
2. Collecting Beatrix Potter figurines. I bought my first one about ten years ago and now I’ve amassed quite a few. I even have some as Christmas decorations for the tree. My favourite is Mrs Tiggywinkle. There’s only one or two of my friends that know this about me (although many more of them will certainly know about it now!).
3. Watching feel-good videos on YouTube. Marriage proposals, pregnancy announcements to future grandparents, surprise birthday presents (my favourites being the ones where children buy their parents a car or pay of their mortgage), a homeless person being surprised with an unexpected gift, dogs reactions to their owners returning from the military… When I’m feeling a little disheartened with the world, I’ll remind myself that there are still daily acts of kindness going on all over the world.
4. Glen Campbell. He’s my mum’s musical hero, and I grew up listening to his music. As a child I hated it, and was only when I moved away from home that I found myself listening to his songs, which is something that continues to this day. I took my mum to see him during his farewell tour after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and then quietly had a little cry while watching his ‘I’ll Be Me’ documentary. I still think ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’ should have won the Oscar.
5. Watching Carry On films – yet another influence from my mum. We’re obsessives – I couldn’t tell you a specific number of how many times I’ve seen them over the years (aside from Emmanuelle and Columbus – I only watched these once and swore never to watch either of them again). Christmas doesn’t usually start until we’ve watched at least one, and I can usually tell you the specific film and information about it just from a still. My favourite is Carry On Don’t Lose Your Head.
6. Singing in the bath. I often adopt my inner Beyonce and belt out songs that I would never have the confidence to sing in public while sitting in a hot bubble bath. Good for the soul, not great for my neighbours.
7. Reading the Adrian Mole books. While many of my friends often discuss the latest intellectually stimulating blockbusters they have just read, I often fail to mention that I’ve read every Adrian Mole book in the series from cover to cover so many times that I’ve had to buy more copies as my originals are falling apart. I finished the final instalment again for the umpteenth time just a few months ago.
8. Organising my photographs into folders on the computer. I’ve taken thousands of images over the last few years in particular, as while I’m generally a very untidy person, I love putting photographs into order and then saving them by date and place. I never actually do anything useful with any of them, I just end up saving them onto my external hard drive, but putting them into an order makes me happy.
9. Strutting. Whenever I’m alone in a crowded place (not something I usually feel comfortable with) and I have somewhere to get to, I put on heavy metal music through my headphones and crank up the volume. I then strut my way through – the music helps me to walk faster and for some reason I feel much more confident in myself while doing it.
10. The smell of nail varnish remover. Not that I purposely sniff it of course, but I love the smell whenever I take my nail varnish off.
11. Serial killer documentaries. The Bloke thinks I’m odd, but I love programmes about the forensics and the psychology behind the capture of serial killers. I’ve also got a number of books on the subject, but I can’t read them at night!
12. Martial arts films. There’s nothing better than putting on a great Asian martial arts film on a Sunday afternoon. I’m a huge fan of Donnie Yen and I’ve got loads of them – the best ones tell a traditional story, and my favourite is An Empress and the Warriors.
What about you guys? What are your guilty pleasures?
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