How to Have Confidence in a World of "Cringe Culture"

Ciao lovelies! Recently, I made a new OC (Original Character) for the universe of Monster High. Even though the process was super fun and I loved designing and cosplaying her, I had lingering doubts in the back of my mind. “Am I being Cringe-y?” Often, I find that, despite how I try to fight it, I feel kind of weighed down by those thoughts. Wondering if I’m “Cringe-y,” worried if people will mock me for my interests, considering “toning-down” myself to “fit in.”


I’ve made some posts in the past about my hopes for the end of “Cringe Culture,” this weird trend where, if someone is super passionate about something fun, they’re seen as “Cringe-y,” “weird,” etc. People will mock someone for liking something like Fortnite, Five Nights at Freddy’s, League of Legends, Monster High, Cosplaying, Alternative-Fashions, etc. Sometimes if you like something deemed “Cringe-y,” your passion and enthusiasm for your hobby/interest is downplayed and called “childish,” or “weird.” But why should your passion for your hobby/interest be disregarded or treated as lesser simply because someone finds it to be something to “Cringe” at?

I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again, people who laugh at others for displaying enthusiasm and passion are boring and sad. I hate to be a rude person, but if you’re the type to mock someone else for being interested in something, just because YOU deem it “cringe-y,” you need to take a good look in the mirror and re-assess your habits/life choices.

Anyway, that being said, I’d like to talk about how to keep your confidence in your hobbies/passions/interests in this world of Cringe Culture. How to pursue your passions, continue being enthralled by your interests, continue engaging in your hobbies, how to keep making your lovely OC’s, and how to do it all without letting the noise of Cringe Culture into your brain.



HOW TO HAVE CONFIDENCE DESPITE CRINGE CULTURE


I know it can be hard to want to continue doing what you love when people mock you for it. It can feel like a moment of “Why bother,” or “I want to quit.” But I urge you not to!

Think about why you began your hobby, think about what sparked your interest, think about what inspired you to design that OC or to write that story. What was it that got you hooked in the first place?

Thinking about what inspired your passion and enthusiasm in the first place will help keep the spark from dying out. If you can reignite that flame every time someone tries to put it out, you’ll just come back from it more passionate and interested in your hobby/interest/etc than before.

It can be so difficult to block out the hate, but you have to keep in mind that the people who spew the hate just don’t understand how much joy you get out of the hobby/interest. And yes, sometimes they DO understand and are just trying to be jerks, but then you know that they’re just trying to get to you and that can help you not give in. Instead of being angry back, be kind. Remember that people like that don’t know how to be confident without tearing others down.


OVERALL



Remember that there is NOTHING wrong with you for liking a “cringe-y” thing. Whatever fandom you love, interest that you love, hobby, etc, you are NOT “cringe-y” for liking something. You have genuine enthusiasm and that’s great and should be celebrated, not made fun of.


What do you think of this topic? Have you ever had any experiences with “Cringe Culture”? How did you deal with the bullying that can come from this toxic environment? Leave your experiences down below or email us at onlyfunthingsblog@yahoo.com and we may feature your experience in an upcoming video or blog post!

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