Do you ever meet someone who is so closely associated with their biggest hobby that it actually becomes their name?
Like “Oh, that’s Mustang John” or “Watch out for Jimmy Two-Phones, he’ll call ya all day.”
Ok, those were terrible examples but you know what I mean. And if you don’t, read on
See, a lot of people let one thing just totally overtake them, and the results can vary from annoying to tragic. Just look at some of these examples from Reddit.
1. Myers-Briggs results
My ex once asked my to take the test. I got the ESFJ result and thought “Yeah, that kinda makes sense. But whatever.”
She went off on me, telling me I’m an INTJ and she would know because she was one.
I asked her if she wanted me to find out what flavor lifesaver I was next. That relationship did not last long.
2. Being sickly
I’ve always had very poor health, and in high school and early college, as my conditions worsened, I didn’t like that I couldn’t live a “normal” life, so I kind of leaned into it.
Always joked about how sickly I was while secretly hating myself for not being able to “keep up” with my peers. Some maturing and some guidance from my mother has helped me to learn that, yes, poor health sucks, and yes, I can’t always do the things that healthy people can, but that doesn’t have to control my identity.
Doing far better now, learning what my true limits are and how to work with them! 😊
3. Stock trading
I started trading on Robinhood here and there a few years ago just for fun.
Eventually a few friends started to as well and for a few months I started to understand what it was like to be into sports. Like we had our favorites and could brag on wins over drinks. It was pretty fun.
But then they started to get really involved and I’m still more casual. Now these conversations are starting to get tedious. :-/
4. Their car
Ugh its classic car season right now in Metro Detroit. A lot of sweet cars cruising around.
It never fails every year that Jeep owners descend on the cruises. They park, open hoods, rip around revving engines… it’s a stock Jeep off the lot my guy, you’re not turning heads.
I’m a smoker, but god do I h**e the “its just a plant bro, dab life, and only smoke 22%+thc” guys.
Nobody cares you smoked 3 oz last week. Nobody cares about your 2g dabs. Inhaling anything besides air into your lungs harms them, it cant fix every problem.
Just shut up, roll up and enjoy it like the rest of us.
“Thanks for your concern, haha, but I know [INSERT HUSTLE] isn’t a pyramid scheme because he specifically told me that it wasn’t one, so I’m pretty sure I’m good lol”
paraphrased message a friend actually sent after my gentle inquiring into his recent activity (spoiler alert: it was a pyramid scheme).
My brother turned my daughters 11th birthday party into a family cryptomercial, going so far as to get my mother to invest 2k, right before the huge dip.
It’s all he talked about up until the market dropped. Now he’s much quieter.
8. Your political party
It seems like people are being driven to shape their identity around their political leanings, rather than the other way around.
It’s to the point where you can’t really engage in open discussion of political ideas without someone feeling personally attacked since so much of their identity is invested in their “team”.
Sometimes my gf and I will hang with her work friends, who are all nice and stuff, but all they talk about is work 90% of the time we hang. Most of the time I’m just sitting there trying to understand wtf they’re even talking about (I don’t work in the same field) or just d**k around on my phone.
They’ve even called themselves out before many times, realizing how boring it must be for me (and whoever else is there that doesn’t work there). I’m wondering if they’ll all still be friends once they all quit and move on with their lives.
It seems like they don’t really have much in common besides the fact that they all h**e their jobs and their boss/managers.
10. Travel snobbery
You went Kayaking through the swamps of afkhabar? pfft, dude, those are the tourist swamps.
The real swamps are in efkhabr, but you have to be invited there by the local inganapni tribe like I was. check out the tattoo they gave me.
11. Joe Rogan
I used to work in a large office and I swear that 90% of the dudes from the ages 23-35 listened to Joe Rogan.
If it was a white dude that number jumped to 98%.
You could literally pop your head over the cubicle wall and hear three different guys talking about hunting or mma or some s**t that was on the last podcast episode.
I don’t think I’ve ever met someone that owns horses who’s entire existence wasn’t solely revolved around the fact that they own horses. (I’ve met 3).
13. Distance running
i’ve always been a runner ever since i was a kid but started training for marathons in my 30s and when i started running long distances, it definitely took up a fair part of my personality.
i became very fixated on it.
14. Just not liking stuff
Met someone the other day who h**es avocados so d**n much every conversation they’d have would come back to how different they were from most people cuz they h**ed avocados
15. Brit fandom
My Texas high school had a British club. I’m actually a British citizen, so I tried to join.
Those people were nuts. They made Doctor Who and Sherlock their whole personalities.
This speaks to me about why I avoid ever deliberately going on Facebook to just scroll through my feed. I don’t consider myself some sort of meme connoisseur or meme elitist or anything, but for some reason I still get irrationally bothered by people using bad memes or using memes wrong, and I don’t want to see people I know IRL and just get flashbacks of their s**t memes.
Then when that happens I think to myself “Wow, I really am some sort of meme sh**lord, huh? I can’t even focus on talking to this person because I’m just thinking about how much I h**e their Facebook posts”.
17. Anime protagonists
I wear black cardigans, verbally a**ault women, and physically a**ault my friends.
When I look in the mirror, I can’t help but say “戦い, 戦い” (which means fight, fight in american.)
I grew my hair out long because I don’t care so now I have to wear it in a bun and I don’t care what people think so shut f**k up Hange!
I always leave an open wound on my hand, and go out of my way to show it to everyone so they are reminded that I am in control.
When I see dogs being taken on walks I get mad at them for not being free like I am.
I can’t have s** with my girlfriend anymore without forcing her to dress up as Mikasa or Historia, both of whom remind me of Armin.
When I order fast food, I refuse to call them french fries and insist on calling them freedom fries. I just keep moving forward, until my enemies are destroyed. /s
having to literally explain to people that it’s an MLM is so frustrating. They prey on small towns, create “nutrition shops” that sell $9 shakes when it’s literally just Herbalife and is helping the owner barely break even.
Happened in my small town, then out of nowhere 3 other “branches” popped up in the revolving small towns. (Which basically means the owner conned 3 more into joining so that they can get their profit).
There’s a documentary out there called like One in a Million or something that breaks down the pyramid and how little people at the bottom are actually making. They also show that the shakes are nothing more than liquid laxative, so of COURSE you’re losing weight.
19. General fandom
Some fans are kinda scary. Their whole life becomes dedication to a celebrity’s.
And it’s not just their personality, they make everything around them about that person. Posters, music, merchandise, weird things bought on the internet—supposedly with relation to the subject of their obsession—and so on.
I can’t imagine being close to somebody before and after their transition into that life. It seems like it’d be scary…
20. Being “Viking”
I’m Norwegian. When I say that, a shocking amount of people assume that I’m American with Norwegian heritage.
There are so many americans making their «viking heritage» their whole personality, butchering the norse faith and fighting with actual Norwegians over the correct way to make a traditional dish and the spelling and usage of «skål» (cheers).
It’s so f**king horrible to watch. It’s like being mocked.
I went to someone’s house once who was obsessed with Disney. I wasn’t warned of how obsessed they were and literally had to stop in the middle of the room because I was gaping at the sheer volume of Disney stuff they had.
Every inch of the walls and surfaces was covered in Disney paraphernalia.
The sad/weird thing was that these were extremely wealthy people so they had things like original Disney cels from the 30-40s and actual valuable objects just crammed next to some tacky plastic plates.
22. The Office
Literally half the tinder profiles contain something about the Office… both genders too.
And half of dudes have… “I like to lift heavy things” and half of women have “I like adventures and tacos”
23. H**ing on popular stuff
I have a friend who does this and it’s really f**king exhausting.
Some things are really popular because they’re just that good.
If they can’t appreciate anything mainstream it just makes me think they’re just as close-minded as the people they think they’re making a jab at.
24. Being an influencer
I met a couple influencers traveling, took em on a tour around a cool town. They were totally detached and on their phones/posing for photos, not at all looking at the sights or listening to what I was saying. They stayed for like an hour and then asked to leave… Didn’t see them smile once
Later I saw posts on their blogs about the wonder of this town, with staged, smiling photos of them “spending the day there” and “enjoying getting to know its people and history.”
That experience ruined influencers for me lol, I couldn’t live faking joy like that.
Some people just make it their whole life and I don’t get it. Work to live, don’t live to work.
My workplace’s normal business hours are 8:30 – 5:00, but I’m constantly hearing people say s**t like “when I was working on it this weekend” or talk about how they work so late, it makes me cringe.
Those people who brag about not being able to properly function without coffee like it’s a good thing that they’re so addicted to coffee they have to rely on it to live?
27. Texas A&M Stans
My parents have attended A&M themed weddings, one of our neighbors painted her house grey and maroon with an A&M flag, and all sorts of people came out of the woodwork for my HS graduation when it was revealed I was going to attend (they offered me a big scholarship, otherwise it wouldn’t have even been on my radar).
I lived in Georgia my whole life up to that point, and had no idea the absolute crazy I was getting myself into haa
I am a Christian, but there are so many other religious people who think that it is 100% okay to impede on the personal live’s of other people, and then resort to saying, “You’re going to Hell for thinking that way/ for doing this.”
Let people live the way they want to without you breathing down their throats, please.
29. Mental health
This isn’t supposed to be a diss so don’t take it that way.
I work in mental health and realise that it is a major issue.
But I see more and more people turn their whole life into it, and blame everything in their lives on it without working on it.
don’t come for me, I’m not talking about everyone that games.
I’m talking about the people watching obnoxious gaming YouTubers and turning their personality into them. The youtubers are acting that way to get money and get an audience, in front of a camera not all the time. I enjoy watching gaming videos (sapnap, Wilbur soot) and I think their nice, but some are just so obnoxious I can’t stand them.
I won’t name them but I think we all know what I’m referring to.
Now I gotta go do the thing that constitutes most of my personality: take a nap.
What trait do you think people take too far?
Tell us in the comments.