Embracing guilty pleasures part of life

By Kaylei Kerr and Andrea Cruse


Dan Fleetwood had a guilty pleasure.  Since he was a little boy, he loved Star Wars. He was really looking forward to seeing The Force Awakens when it hit theaters on Dec. 18.  Sadly, Fleetwood suffered from spindle cell sarcoma, a rare connective tissue cancer, and he was given two months to live.  When his wife went on social media asking for a big favor, Disney and Director JJ Abrams came through by showing an unfinished cut of the film at his home.  At the age of 32, he passed away.

Life is too short.  Enjoy those guilty pleasures that are harmless, because each day is a gift.  Make the most of them.

Junior Laura Rousseau logs into tumblr and goes to her favorite tag: #Bearded Chris Evans. She sighs in happiness and divulges in her guilty pleasure.

Rousseu said, “He’s old enough to be my dad but whatever. He’s a little meatball.”

According to Urban Dictionary, a guilty pleasure is “something that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard”.

Most people don’t want to share their guilty pleasure for they’re afraid of being judged or laughed at by others. From art to Pokemon to food, so many of us have something that’s categorized as a ‘guilty pleasure.’

Senior Rachel Pegouske is all about ice cappuccino.

Pegouske laughed, “I never have money, but money magically appears when I want an ice capp, especially before a colorguard sectional.”

Senior HolliRay Dyer surrounds herself with cats.

“Ever since I was little, I have always been surrounded by them. Plus you could say I’m a bit of a cat whisperer like my mom. I can understand them and their complex emotions. Sure a dog is fun to have around and I have nothing against dogs, I used to have a German shepard, but I feel like if your cat loves you, it is something more special. They chose you, they chose to love you because that’s how they roll,” said Dyer.

Senior Aaron Hightower spends time with puppets.  That’s right he loves to put on puppet shows with his dad.

“Through puppet ministry, we are able to teach valuable lessons to children like sharing, not to steal, etc,” said Hightower.

Senior Tovias Washington loves his card decks.

“I work on card tricks and love to amaze people,” said Washington.

Mrs. Frankling is not afraid to admit that she loves garage sales.

“You never know what you will find at one and I seriously get a rush when I get an awesome deal.  I drive my husband nuts because I really must stop when I see one,” said Frankling.

The bottom line is this:  Do not be afraid to be a little quirky.  If you have something you like to do, embrace it.  Life is too short to worry about what others will say about it.

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