I’m Always Behind The Times

I'm Always Behind The Times

[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.

I'm Always Behind The Times.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.


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  • Kaye Ford says:

    I am exactly the same with the Harry Potter book. Still not opened it! It’s OK to be a late bloomer to “trends”, I normally am. However Pokemon Go, I was one of those people who made an Aus account so I could download it early. KEENO!

  • Becky Bedbug says:

    Mine are named either something incredibly infantile, like Ratty and Ghosty or something like Little Turnip Fucker. I get angry when I’m playing.

  • I’ma big fan of Pokemon GO, anything that gets people outdoors and exercising and socialising with people they would never have spoke to otherwise is always a good thing by me.

    Abigail Alice x

  • Real feels for this post. I very rarely do things at the same time as everyone else – movies, music, travel – I like to wait a bit before I try anything for myself :’D I also got the HP book on release day but yet to start it!

    I have already got bored of Pokemon go. I just can’t be bothered to walk AND use my phone at the same time!

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

  • Aimée Julia Cottle says:

    I downloaded the Pokemon Go app when it was released here in the UK but I’ve still not played it! And I have the new HP book sitting on my coffee table but I still haven’t opened it. So I’m pretty late to things too, I’d say! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • woodenwindowsills says:

    Still haven’t got into the Pokémon Go thing, not enough data or time, but I’m the same about other stuff – we’ve only just started watching Breaking Bad this year. I usually get put off stuff if EVERYONE is loving it. Alice xxx

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