I spent most of my years in high school being annoyed at people who simply followed the latest trends. I always wanted to be or do something original. As a result, I wasn’t very popular in middle school, but that changed in highschool. Probably just because people, even high schoolers, mature at least a little by the time they hit senior year. I eventually got a good, loyal circle of friends and made friend with just about any clique.
For example, in the 8th grade, at Pine Forest Middle School, I dyed my hair blue. It was that pretty blue that is popular on cars now. When it faded it turned greenish and mixed with the blond underneath. And I was definitely made fun of. Even my friends had to joke on me because no one at our school had done that yet. They said it looked like I had snot in my hair.
Then the next girl who did it, who was kind of in my circle of friends but more of an acquaintance, had the good sense to pick purple and it looked nice. And everyone in the hall that day told her how cool it looked.
By the end of high school, I had had streaks of every color, and by this time Gwen Stefani was popular, so even though not many people dyed their hair unnatural colors, it didn’t received the sneers it did in middle school. I remember no one in middle school was into rock, emo, punk, whatever music I liked. (Anybody remember Type O Negative?)
And then when I returned from Grenada in 2002 and had been out of American culture for a year, all my sister’s little high school friends who listened to punk music thought they were soooo original, but when you turned on MTV there the rock music was. When I was in middle school, MTV played nothing but R and B and you had to be really into music to find good rock. Those kids were so annoying.
But anyway, now things have changed. In general, I think just about any music or way to dress is accepted. Avril Lavigne has a clothing line at Kohl’s for crying out loud.
And I’ve much expanded my horizons when it comes to music. I love jazz, and blues, and reggae, good ol’e emo, and a lot of stuff that *gasp* comes on the radio. And I don’t have time to care what kind of message I’m sending about my originality by the clothes I wear. Chuck Taylors are too damn popular now anyway.
So my rebelliousness and knee-jerk reaction to not follow the crowd has blossomed into a more mature, discerning eye. I write about what I’m passionate about here and don’t believe everything I hear, but try not to be too cynical or conspiracy-theoristy.
So the point of all of this meandering thought, is that I realized the whole green trend bandwagon is a great thing.
We had broken just about all of our cups and glasses over the years, and I was drinking my morning smoothie out of old jelly jars that I hadn’t put in the recycling bin yet. While that is the ultimate, found object, green thing to do, when we had people at our house we couldn’t throw together 3 matching cups to save our lives.
I began looking at various stores for glasses and there on the shelf at one store were recycled glasses, cute looking ones at that. And then the next day, I saw them at Wal-Mart (yes, I’m admitting I sometimes go to Wal-Mart, the capitol of sweat-shop labor).
Then a few days ago, I found shoes, for $8.00, made out of recycled plastic bottles. It doesn’t get any better than this. Just a few short years ago if I had tried to find recycled glasses and shoes I would have had to buy them online for some exhorbitant price, because the demand was so low. So good for Wal-Mart. Even though it comes down to increasing their bottom line, its great that these things are becoming a realistic choice for the average American who isn’t can’t go to great lengths for recycled products.
When we moved into our home 4 years ago, I searched online for low-VOC paint and it was $50 dollars a gallon and available only in a few colors. Now there is a brand at Home Depot.
Yay for the bandwagon!
I think I’m going to go dye my hair pink.