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Are you tired of some people saying that you're too old to do or have certain things? Trust me. We've been told that at some point in our adult lives. That's the reason why I'm writing this story and going to share my top five things that we adults will never outgrow.
I'm in my 30s and I still love watching cartoons, especially on YouTube. Whenever people tell me that I shouldn't be watching cartoons, I just give them the side-eye. Eating a big bowl of cereal, being in front of the TV, and watching Saturday morning cartoons was a tradition of mine growing up. Cartoons back in the '80s and '90s were a lot better than what's being aired today. A few weeks ago, Cartoon Network announced they were bringing back the iconic cat-like aliens for a new animated series called Thundercats Roar, which is scheduled to premiere in 2019. As I've stated in my story about reboots and remakes, not every TV show or movie is reboot or remake worthy. There are lots of cartoons that I loved watching back in the day, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Pokemon, Doug, and the list goes on. It also depends on if a show piques my interest.
4. Toys/Action Figures
Growing up in the '90s, I've had Power Rangers action figures, train sets, and Hot Wheels cars. It was a time where life was much simpler. With the news of Toys 'R' Us closing all of their stores at the end of this week, which I'll write a story on, I've spent almost $500 on Power Rangers action figures and other toys between 2013 and 2016. I used to collect them and post pictures on social media. Some people will say that adults shouldn't collect toys, dolls, and action figures, because most will see it as "weird" or "unusual." As long as you're not hurting me or anyone else, collect away.
3. Video Games
A majority of people, including my friends, know that I'm a huge retro gamer and a NES fanatic. I've been posting screenshots of different games I've played on my NES Classic on Instagram and on my cosplay page on Facebook for the past year. I've been playing video games for almost 30 years and on a regular basis on social media, I would share with everyone the games that I love to play and want to play, no matter what game system they're on. There are many people who collect video games and have collections. I would be on YouTube and admiring the video game collections of The Angry Video Game Nerd, AlphaOmegaSin, and Pat The NES Punk. Those three people are my favorite YouTube gamers. I love their content and also their personalities. Two years ago, there was a video on YouTube by a man named Gavin McInnes, saying that video games are for little kids who are "special" and that men should do something more productive, like building tables. If you watch his video, it has more dislikes than likes. Many people went in on him and I also stated my opinion about his video. It shows that he never had a childhood and is full of crap. So I say to Mr. McInnes: we gamers will continue to play video games and read comic books, because those are the two things that we like. You're decades late to the party, my friend and please stick to politics. To gamers everywhere: don't let clueless people like Gavin McInnes stop you from playing video games. You have the right to like whatever you want.
When I was a kid, my parents wouldn't let me or my siblings dress up or celebrate Halloween, because they don't "believe" in it, whatever that means. My parents were devout Christians, so I really wanted to go trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, they refused and were mean to the neighborhood children who knocked on our door, were in costume, and wanted candy. I didn't start dressing up for Halloween until 2010 and I was attending Job Corps at the time. There was a Halloween party on campus happening that night and I went as Superman. There was also a costume contest for the top three best costumes and a chance to win some money. Yours truly won the contest and won $50. The second place winner won $25, while the third won $15. It was a great night and danced the night away. Now, I celebrate Halloween and dress up every year. I've gone to a haunted house, which I've never gone to before, two years in a row back in 2015 and 2016. The experience was scary as hell, but exciting at the same time. You're never too old to dress up for Halloween and deserve to have a good time.
I have saved the best for last. A couple of years before I was a cosplayer, I would clown and jokingly say that grown adults dressing up as Superman, Batman, or whatever character they like, were lame. I was introduced to cosplay by one of my colleagues back in the summer of 2013. He was attending a convention in town and I was eager to know more about cosplay. So I searched online and eventually, I was impressed and fascinated by people dressing up at conventions. Not only that, but sharing their love of this hobby and how it has changed their lives. The following August, I made my cosplayer debut at GlitchCon in Springdale, Arkansas. I've met so many people at different conventions over the past 3 1/2 years, a majority of them became my friends, and I followed them on social media. The reason why I cosplay is because I make people smile and let everyone know that anybody can cosplay, no matter their size, age, sexual orientation, disability, etc. It's not about being famous and having likes or followers. It's all about treating everyone with dignity and respect. I like coming up with different cosplay ideas, including mashing up two of my favorite franchises and transforming them into one spectacular costume. Cosplay is not about having the best costume or being in competition with one another. I and everyone else do it all in the name of fun. Cosplay is for everyone and you can be whoever you want to be. I know that there's two Facebook pages called Over 30 Cosplay and Over 40 Cosplay, so if you fit around that age group, feel free to post your cosplays on both of those pages. If you're interested in doing cosplay, go for it. The most important thing to keep in mind in the world of cosplay is to always have fun and be good to one another. Join or start a cosplay group, either online and/or in person. Follow other cosplayer's pages on social media and never be afraid to ask questions, such as how that person made that prop or where they got their costumes. You can create your own cosplay page, so others can follow you. Finally, attend more conventions, meet people, and take lots of pictures. That's some advice from me for you aspiring cosplayers and you are more than welcome to follow me on social media. Just check out my bio for all the information.
Everyone has the right to like whatever they want and not let anyone tell them that they're too old to have or do certain things. Do what makes you happy, because misery loves company. Just because your childhood has come and gone and now you're an adult, you shouldn't be forced to give up the stuff you liked as a child. Enjoy your video games, action figures, and whatnot. Stay geeky, my friends.