There are so many great shows on Netflix, how does one even begin to choose what to watch on any particular evening?? It usually takes me the length on an entire episode just to find one. Last night, I'm not sure why, but I just so happened to be in the mood for some Dexter! I haven't watched this series in quite a long time, maybe over 2 years, but it's really a great show. One of my favorites! While watching a random episode from season 3, I realized how likeable the main character is, despite him being a serial killer and all. One great aspect of the show is that it's narrated by the main character, like in a book. We get to hear everything that goes on in his head. The audience in turn feels connected to that. We want to know all of the things going on in his life. We care what happens next. A total fiction stranger! It made me wonder, why don't we have the same interest in the REAL people we interact with on a daily basis?
Suuuuure, television and movies are designed to draw the viewer in with captivating and exciting tales of adventures we wouldn't normally experience. I must say, it works. Gets me almost every time. More specifically, every time I watch The Office (which is almost everyday), the 6th season wedding episode brings a tear to my eye (see how I didn't spoiler alert for all the crazy people out there who have yet to watch The Office?). This is because I've followed every intimate detail of the storyline between the two characters. I'm sure we all understand this concept very well, what I'm more curious about though, is why we don't take interest like this in regular everyday people? It seems as though the stories of our fellow human being are boring, uninteresting, or unimportant even. What's the difference here?
They do say that often the truth is stranger than fiction. So why not get to know the story of someone around you? Someone you can actually talk to and have a conversation with? You might be surprised how fascinating an "ordinary" person story may be. Now I will admit, sometimes listening to people go on and on about a certain situation or scenario can seem like a daunting task. There is a certain formula to storytelling that most of us just don't posses. Heck, even I probably don't, based on my viewership statistics! The packaging might not be as professional, but taking the time to truly listen to one another will help get to the root of learning what another person has been through, their point of view, their outlook on life.
I will say that websites like YouTube and even Instagram (after they started incorporating video) have created a number of "ordinary" people with mass followings. Vlogging is basically just people talking about their lives on camera. For some people, it catches like wildfire and people from all over the world tune in for the next video update. I think that's pretty darn cool if you ask me. It was always surprising to see how many people actually watched my web series and stayed caught up on all my random life moments. It was pretty cool. Ironically, most of my viewers were people I didn't even know at all. My friends, colleges, coworkers, even family members weren't really THAT into it. Even I am guilty of this phenomenon (geesh, I use the word phenomenon a lot)! There are certain youtubers, celebrities, characters in tv shows that I find myself on the edge of my seat ready to find out what happens next... Yet I have so many people in my address book who I can text RIGHT now and find out how THEIR life is going. I'm sure another reason is most people dont really bare their heart and soul unless they've really gotten to know a person. We don't want to get too personal right off the back. Characters and personalities don't have this problem at all.
As most of you who read this blog know, I've been wanting to publish a book for quite sometime. There's always an underlying concern of if anyone will care enough about me and my life to be interested. The inspiration for this post actually came from a FEW people saying that my blogs are too much about ME. I've been told that in order to gain a following, I have to contribute vital information, or something that no other blog offers. But what could be more original than my own freakin life?? Sure my blogs are about me, but why the heck not?? Am I not enough? I'm no celebrity or tv show personality, but I do have a life that I think people could benefit from hearing about. Especially since I'm one of those few who am willing to bare my heart to the masses.
Anywho, people are interested in what they are interested in I suppose. My general point of today is, the world is full of people, each with their own story. We shouldn't limit ourselves to the most popular. We should especially atleast try to take more of an interest in the people closest to us and try not to be fully consumed by the stars in our eyes. At the end of the day, we're all just ordinary people! Let me know what you think peeps!
P.s. My entire online presence has been geared towards everyday folks like myself. I was tired of the rich people on reality shows so I started my own! I also had an idea for a talk show called "Regular people interviews" in where I would stop random people on the subway and interview them. I still might do this!
P.p.s. One thing that does really grind my gears... When close friends of mine give elaborate birthday announcements on social media to celebrities... And then give me a happy belated TEXT. What is that??
P.p.p.s. I've also been told before by an old friend that I talk about myself a lot. I don't really think this is true, as I'm pretty darn quiet and listen more than I speak. However, there is nothing wrong with speaking about yourself. I believe a problem arises when between friends the stories are ALWAYS about one person. Listen as much as (if not more than) you speak, and everything should be ok. #bretonyadvice