asshole of a stance on NaNoWriMo, but hers is not the only condescending or belligerent attitude I've come across in recent days regarding this annual literary marathon. I've participated for three years now, and this year's detractors have been more vocal than ever.
But I could argue the merits of NaNoWriMo and why I'm doing it until I'm blue in the face and it won't really matter. The snobs will continue to be snobs, and as of this blog post, I still have roughly 40,000 more words to write before the end of the month, so time is an issue. Instead, I'll just say this: mind your own effing business. If you don't want to join the group, don't. If you do, welcome! I don't plan to judge you either way, at least until you turn into a self-righteous jerkface.
I also have no plans to sneer at your other hobbies, even if I have no interest in pursuing them myself. If you like gluing little bits of string and paper cutouts into scrapbooks, knock yourself out. If you get your rocks off chucking pumpkins out of an air canon, I'm here to tell you that I'm a-ok with that. I think LARPing is hilarious, but I say go forth with your gladius and chainmail and be happy if that's how you roll. If you like hardcore exercise and marathon running, you have my full support and admiration because I suck hardcore at those things, and I'm in no shape to judge. Or maybe Jesus is your wingman and you like to get down and dirty with Scripture every Sunday. Totally not my thing, but if it brings you peace, I'm not gonna burn your Bible (unless your Bible turns you into a hateful ass hat).
My hobbies are writing, reading, watching movies, experimenting in the kitchen, playing far too much Grand Theft Auto IV, and eating far too many carbs. Someday, I'd love to learn how to properly wield a pair of nun-chucks. No one's getting hurt here (okay, except maybe until I start doing the nun-chucks, but still). We're not kicking puppies, desecrating orphanages, or sewing bombs into jackets, and isn't that what's most important? We participate in hobbies and interests because, if we didn't, we probably would do all of those aforementioned things and worse.
So, in light of that, don't begrudge people the activities that bring satisfaction and fulfillment to their lives. You know when you see people in public who are smiling and nice to you? It's probably because they enjoy their lives. And they probably enjoy their lives because they have hobbies--perhaps even something crazy like trying to write a novel in a month. Just remember, the next time you try to tell someone their hobbies are a waste of time and they should do something else, you might end up getting your ass kicked.