A couple months ago, I got a text from my sister reminding me that "You are so basic." She'd found the Birkenstocks I ordered on her Amazon Prime account, and I can picture her rolling her eyes when she got the confirmation email. I actually didn't really need her to point it out because I fully agree that I'm the definition of being basic, from my tendency to quote Carrie Bradshaw to the lattes I've Instagramed.
Haters can hate, but in the past couple of years especially, I've resolved to being basic. I've come to realize the importance of slowing down to appreciate the small things in front of me rather than constantly chasing the next big thing, something that I credit partly to making yoga a regular part of my routine. Some things just give life color, like apple picking in the fall or brunching with your friends on Sunday mornings, and just because all the other basic girls around the world are doing the same thing doesn't mean it's not worth it to pause and feel grateful. And then Instagram the moment, because if it's not documented on social, it didn't happen.
Two of my favorite things in life are yoga and country music. On the surface level, they're totally different things, but one common theme that's threaded into both is the idea of being content with what's in front of you. In yoga, it's called staying present, and in country music, it's called being broke but loving your life because you've got a dog and a truck and a 6-pack to start the weekend.
We're living in a crazy world, dubbed the information age, where things fly at you fast and you've got so much information at hand that it feels like you have no choice but to take action on everything that's out there. Social media is a huge contributor, because we're constantly aware of what everyone around us is doing and trying to improve on that. For example, I can't just enjoy my Starbucks java chip Frappuccino with coconut milk, no whip, in peace without realizing that there's now a Unicorn Frappuccino that I should be trying [which I did, and immediately wished I'd stuck with my regular order].
What I'm getting at is that I don't think people need to apologize for loving the things in their life that are anything less than cutting-edge. Hipsters exist to tell you that they're the first to start a trend and what I'm trying to say is that even if you were the second, or third, or last to catch onto something that brings you joy, what matters is that you're joyful. If flower crowns at Coachella is your happy place, go there. Soak in the sunset. Enjoy your avocado toast and kale chips, because if you've spent more time in your life being happy, healthy, and grateful than you spent stressing out over trivial things, you won.