Why I'm Not Sorry About Being Basic

July 12, 2017

I am what the modern world would call “basic.” I’m in a sorority and “throw what I know” at every chance I get, love glittery pink things, Starbucks (I even worked there), Sephora, occasionally speak in text lingo in day-to-day life, loved Pressed Juicery and SoulCycle, and attempt to take insta-worthy photos at basically any even remotely interesting event. It’s not some people’s thing while also being a lot of people’s thing: hence it being called “basic.” Who cares about such materialistic and fleeting things like social media and makeup?



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Listen, I get it, I do. I am also so not sorry for it at all. The surface me loves those things, I really do. If I could live at the beach with a Starbucks IV and my own personal photographer, I probably would!


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But there is so much more to me, just like there is so much more to every single human being on this planet than meets the eye. Everyone has a story and every story deserves to be heard (see me with those clichés? So basic of me, right?)


But here’s the thing: I really don’t care if who I seem to you annoys you or bothers you or makes you roll your eyes. If a person’s lifestyle bothers you that much, maybe it’s time to evaluate why? So being “basic” isn’t your thing? Great! You should be proud that you’re the girl who parties 24/7, or reads day and night, or watches movies until the sun comes up, or travels the world and back again, or spends all their free time at home with their family, or takes up every waking moment working on their career (I see you SoundCloud artists).


You should be proud to be you and who cares if who you are bothers someone? If they’re spending that much time thinking about you that they feel the need to tear you down, they have some things they need to work through. Once you are unapologetically yourself, you will be able to live your life without worrying what others think of you, or if what you’re doing fits a certain image or box that someone wants to put you in. Being young, we feel immortal: we aren’t. Take the time you have and use it to be you.


My name is Meagan Donovan and I’m a 19 year old junior at Chapman University in Southern California. I am double majoring in theater studies and public relations/advertising, emphasizing my studies in the entertainment industry. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been performing since I was in third grade and I love writing my own songs, playing guitar, learning new dance forms, and acting in plays and musicals.


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