Confession: I often poo-poo fads or things that get really popular really fast without even trying them firsthand.
I won't go see a movie that everyone is talking about, for example. Like The Revenant. Wouldn't go see it in the theatre.
It is an annoying habit. A strange, stubborn character trait that I both wear like a badge and admit is pretty ridiculous at the same time.
It's like I just have to go the opposite way because everyone else is all-over a thing.
Like when electric toothbrushes came out.
I had so much judgement around them!
I prided myself on staying old school. I harshly judged those who bought them as "Suckers fallen prey to marketing schemes of money-hungry dentists!"
I mean, come on! Does anybody really need a frigging electric toothbrush? Jeez! Lazy much?
And then, one day, years after they'd been out, I tried one.
And I finally discovered what all the fuss is about.
And now, it is one of my must-have items.
I still haven't passed over into the truly high-end versions.
I love a particular brand, the Colgate Optic White Battery Powered toothbrush. (Full disclosure: a big plus is that it matches my bathroom wall color, a detail that greatly influenced my choice.)
And so just as was the case with jalapeños, Diet Sierra Mist, Tab and QuestBars, I became a convert once I actually tried it for myself.
Sometimes, a fad is just a fad. (I finally did see The Revenant and still think it was way overrated and was not happy when Leo Di Caprio won the Oscar that year for it.)
But sometimes, a fad is a fad for good reason.
And sometimes, I eventually "get it," despite myself.