Whenever someone disses math and I end up defending it, I get funny looks. A lot of funny looks. The fact that I like math makes me seem abnormal to others, and there are some who say, “What is even there to like about math? Of all the subjects you could’ve picked for a favourite…”
I like math for the problem solving aspect of it. Complex things were always fun for me – I liked working to get to the proper solution, even if it took me hours. I remember that one time I sat working for two hours straight to get a two-digit answer. It sounds bad, yes, but when I put the pen down and rested back in my chair, I felt absolutely elated. When I found out that I had been the only one to get to the solution, I was glowing with pride.
Why did I feel compelled to talk about math of all things? Well because of the common misconception that liking things most people dislike (or vice versa) doesn’t make you normal.
If that’s the case then I’m pretty abnormal. I happen to like many things that may cause others to wrinkle their noses. I like broccoli, I like the cosy indoors, I like my steak extremely well done, I like school, I like my “coffee” with 50% creamer, 45% sugar and 5% coffee, I like to dress rather conservatively, I would not like to have kids of my own, I do not like having pictures taken of me, I do not like the fictional bad boys, I do not like love triangles, I do not like hookahs, I do not like to drink, I do not like summer, I do not like onion rings, I do not like garlic… and the list goes on and on.
But really, what’s the big deal? Is it so wrong and out of place for me to like/dislike these things? If I had kept those things concealed, people wouldn’t have known any better and I would’ve remained seemingly normal to them. I’m always amused whenever I inform someone of an odd favourite of mine and they get that look of shock on their faces. It’s like… really, does my love of broccoli warrant such a blatant expression of distaste?
I should like to think that my normalcy isn’t defined by the things I like and dislike, but if that has to be the case, then give me a bowl of broccoli and a ranch dip and call me abnormal.
Are there things you like that everyone else seems to dislike? Or things you dislike that everyone else likes? Do you like math? 😉