I have a very wide range of VERY different friends.
From drama queens, the girly girls, the rugby guys and the party starters to the bookworms, the couch potatoes, the musicians, the board game geeks, the Potter heads, pot heads and even the armature DJ, I have befriended at least one or two of each.
And i love them all to bits.
Their different personalities and preferences and interests have taught me a lot of things, one of which is that being yourself and speaking your mind is the best damned way to be and the best damned way to speak. They all have a very different perspective of life, they all reason differently and they all feel strongly about different things, whether it might be rugby, playing guitar, producing music, listening to rock music or reading books, I respect them all.
The hard thing of having such a variety of friends is getting them all to be in the same room for an hour without any fights about whether John Green or J.K. Rowling is the better writer, because different interests obviously means different tastes in books, music, films and people.
But the most important of these is music.
I find myself quite often having to hear: “Oh my word, is she seriously listening to that new song by 1D?” or : “Ew, I can’t believe we are friends, how have you not listened to any of Jimi Hendrix’s music?” and I find it quite exhausting. It is not like I go around accusing people of being awful human beings because they do not know who The Oh Hellos is. I do not know whether it has always been this way, yet it seems like these days you cannot express your thoughts on your favorite music genre without being insulted about it. The sad part is that it is more frequently the rock, blues and indie lovers(who I am one of) who go around telling people that there is no other genre as good as the one that they love.
More frequently do I find myself wanting to yell: “No one is forcing you to listen to my music so please stop trying to force me into liking your music!”. I find that people are feeling offended when somebody else dislike the music that they like and the word “bad-music-taste” is being thrown around too often.
I believe that there is no such thing as a bad taste in music. There is merely the music you like and people who enjoy a similar or different genre to yours and I think that we aught to respect that.
No taste in music is better than an other just as you disliking something does not mean that that thing is a bad thing.
I believe that no one should be judged based on the sound of music that makes them smile and no sound of music should be judged based on whether it makes you smile.