Here’s this week’s Wednesday Story:

Like What You Like - a short story by Patrick S. Stemp and Anita Soelver

Like What You Like

As you get a little older
Friends will say, “That’s for babies!”
They won’t like the same things anymore.
Things you used to like together.
It’s OK if you still enjoy them though,
The things they say, “aren’t cool.”
I like that you like what you like.
It’s what makes you… YOU!

Written by Patrick S. Stemp
Illustrated by Anita Soelver

Patrick's thoughts

This uncertainty can still happen when you get older, but we’re a little more mature (most of us) about understanding our differences.

Some people like Country music. I have no idea why. It makes me want to tear my ears off and run screaming to the horizon. But good for you, if that’s what you like. Whatever helps you get through the day.

There are movies, music, and books I love, that my wife can’t stand. She’s wrong of course (don’t tell her that). We still manage to get along famously.

It’s worse for kids because they feel alone. They haven’t figured out yet that everyone is completely messed up. Nobody has any idea what they’re doing or what they want to be when they grow up (still!). The people who seem to have it together are just better at pretending.

Listen to whatever gets your heart pumping. Read, play, and watch whatever makes you smile.

But keep the Country music on low volume, with headphones on, in another room.

Anita's thoughts

I think all kids goes through that phase, where they’re kind of between two ages, and battles with the desire to do the things they used to do and do what’s cool for that age. Because even though new things and activities hold a certain appeal, so does the feeling of doing stuff you did when you were a child.

Thankfully, it seems to be a thing most adults don’t have a problem with. We’re all over the place. Playing with Lego, playing video games, coloring in our coloring books, playing with clay, painting, drawing, making dolls etc. All might seem childish to some, but why should we care what other people think? Just do what you love, and what makes you YOU!

Loved this story!

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