罪恶的快感 Guilty Pleasure(S)

Is people watching a guilty pleasure?

Is people watching a guilty pleasure?

There are plenty of extracurriculars I partake in probably considered by some a guilty pleasure.

I never liked the connotation of a guilty pleasure, somehow it is dirty, negative, and shun-worthy.

It exists for others to judge us for liking certain things. Let be clear that I am not immune from judging a book by its cover. We have all been guilty (hah!) at one time or another for judging someone else’s guilty pleasure(s).

I described liking Taylor Swift’s music, watching reality TV shows, or TV in general all as guilty pleasures in the past. However, I am #sorry not sorry for liking said things. Trying to fit in perhaps obligated me to cover up things I liked, referring to them as guilty pleasures. But again, why should anyone feel guilty for something that amasses joy, delight, or happiness, even if those feelings only lasts for moments?

As I accrue wisdom beyond my twenty six years, this notion of guilty pleasures dissipates, leaving guilt-free pleasures.

So let’s talk solely about indulgences, and remove guilt-free from the equation. Although far from exhaustive, below is a list of things I find amusing, satisfying and/or gratifying:

  • Ice cream, particularly cookie dough and mint. In China, I took what I could get and became a staple at the Dairy Queen locations throughout Xi’an. It did not matter if I was near the Drum and Bell Tower 鼓楼钟楼, Big Wild Goose Pagoda 大雁塔, Xiaozhai 小寨, or Gaoxin 高新, I would stop in and treat myself to a Tiramisu 提拉米苏, Cheesecake 芝士蛋糕 or Strawberry Banana 草莓香蕉 Blizzard. When we left Xi’an, there were three DQ stores within a five minute walk from 大雁塔.
  • Watching Amélie for the umpteenth time
  • Music, and using Spotify to discover new tracks
  • Speaking Chinese with ZJ, especially when I manage to produce clever and sarcastic remarks
  • Cracking open new reading material
  • Writing to-do lists (can’t say the same in terms of getting them done)
  • Getting outdoors. This is quite a feat as I never was the outdoorsy type, nor aware of how many parks and trails exist so close to my parents’ place.
  • That first half hour after a workout, resulting in a good kind of fatigue
  • Catching up with friends on Skype
  • Productive days off
  • A wordless, yet gesture or body language intensive dialogue with my husband where we know exactly what we are thinking!

I will be writing about three personality traits on day six, so check back then.

And I turn it over to you: What do you find joyful, entertaining, and/or fun? 

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6 thoughts on “罪恶的快感 Guilty Pleasure(S)

  1. Susan Blumberg-Kason says:

    Those are all great things to enjoy! When I lived in Hong Kong, I had a weakness for McDonald’s ice cream or soft-serve from the Mister Softee trucks. I also liked to buy and hoard stationery with weird English sayings. I only wish I’d kept those!

    • maklu001 says:

      Funny you mention McDonald’s ice cream because when I couldn’t make it to DQ, or more like I was too lazy to walk or ride the bus for more than ten minutes, I’d hit up KFC for their three yuan soft serve cones. A former student of mine served me once, delighted to know I still lived in China, and only lived a stone’s throw away from her place of employment.

  2. Laura Demsey says:

    That’s a big me-too to listening to T-Swizzle! That, and eating Nutella straight out the jar with a spoon while watching large amounts of “House” on Netflix.

    • maklu001 says:

      Swift’s music is catchy, and I just can’t say no to tunes I can sing along or dance to. We stay away from Nutella because I know I would also devour it by the jarful. Nutella and binge watching US and UK tv shows on Youku, “Chinese YouTube,” were pastimes of mine in China. Hooray to common interests!

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