[dropcap]T[/dropcap]rends and fashions are things that I struggle with. I always get on things too late. Like, far too late. Most of the time this isn’t because I don’t know they’re happening. I tend to just not do them, and then a month later I’m like ‘wait, why am I not doing this?’
I didn’t get into tamagotchis or loom bands or those plastic string things for bracelets, or those animal elastic bands. At least, not until a month or so later. It’s not even that none of my friends were doing them. I just wasn’t interested. But also I was interested. So interested. But also was I?
The same applies to fashion. I’ve only just got into wearing nice trainers and stuff – something that has been the thing for years now. That’s actually the only example I can think of, but I promise there are a million more. I’m rubbish at following the styles and trends that are right in front of my face.
This is what happened with me and Pokemon Go.
I downloaded Pokemon Go this week, for the first time. My ‘excuse’ for the last month or so (literally so long because it came out in Paris before the UK, from what I remember?) is that there just won’t be any Pokemon in the field that I live in. I’m a country gal, and the nearest shop is ages away and would it even be worth it? That said, I’ve literally been living in London for a few weeks, on and off, and didn’t even get round to it then. I’m the worst.
It wasn’t until last weekend when I was watching my sister ‘play’ it, that I realised that it actually would be something I’d enjoy doing. To be fair, she was the first real life person I’d seen actually do the Pokemon thing, as you guys on twitter don’t count, so maybe it was that. It just seemed fun and chilled and interesting and literally why the hell had I not done this before?! What’s wrong with me?! Imogen, you have failed once again. Good job.
Mate, Pokemon Go is so good. Like, I’m not into that fighting stuff so maybe I’m playing it a bit softly, but oh man it’s so chill. I’m not even going to bother telling you which team I am because I couldn’t care less about that, beyond the initial excitement of going to a gym and choosing. I love looking for Pokemon. I love throwing balls at them. I love evolving them and seeing my Pokedex get more and more full.
But, do you know what my fave bit is? You’ve probably guessed. It’s naming the little bastards. Literally, it’s just the best bit. I don’t have time to learn what all the Pokemon are all actually called. Does anyone actually care? Nah. If I think a Pokemon is called a Plant Head then that’s what it’s going to be. I play Pokemon Go as a raging cynic. A sarcastic arsehole playing ‘ironically’ but really loving every second. I’ve found my calling.
Drop me an email and you too can have excellently named Pokemon for a small fee. I’ve truly found my vocation.
N.B. Since I screen grabbed that shot I’ve actually become a bit of a Pokemon Pro and got myself all sorts of cool things like a flaming horse thing called Slay Queen and a Jynx called Boobs so yeah. I’m kinda a big deal in the Poke-world.
But then, you’ve heard all of this before.
You heard all about it when it was released, ages ago.
You’ve read the millions of articles and cheat sheets and whatever that have come out since.
I need to keep up, man.
But, y’know what? I’m really enjoying myself. I’m not playing to fight, so it doesn’t matter that my stats are so low. And I’m not playing to impress people so it doesn’t matter if my Pokemon are hella basic. I play because I’m just not a very nice person and enjoy ridiculing small, made up animals.
And this is the story of my life. I’m always one step behind. Always watching a TV show a day after everyone else. Guys I even bought the new Harry Potter on the day and haven’t even read it yet. Like, what even am I? I literally own it and haven’t bothered opening it yet.
I’m fine with it, though. It’s okay to be late – but not in real life because I cannot stand late people.
You don’t have to do everything at the same time as everyone else. You don’t have to always be bang on trend. Be you. Be chill.0