In Defense of Acquired Tastes

When I was a kid, you could not make me eat asparagus if my life depended on it. I would not eat it on a train or a plane.


And then, when I was in high school a friend had the opportunity to pick asparagus at a farm and somehow convinced me the 30 minute carpool would be worth the 2 hours a day after school it would take to pick asparagus.

Which, by the way is an entirely weird plant that grows daily like a magic bean, a harvest that involves sitting on a tractor like you’re visiting the gynecologist with 2 other people and a knife that was purchased in 1982, but I digress.

The point is that I suddenly found asparagus interesting and I could tell if it would be a good harvest by chewing on a raw stalk so I just love asparagus via exposure. Every time someone makes asparagus I feel a (very strange) sense of pride for overcoming and becoming more “refined”(?) as a result.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of views of my peers, I guess we are going through that figuring-out-how-you-fit-in-this-world-for-the-second-time phase, (the first one being through the American Idiot album?) and I keep seeing all these memes or quotes that get passed around about changing your surroundings. I’ll be the first to admit sometimes you have to and should change your surroundings. but this is an action that needs to be done in good faith!

I see a lot of extreme extroverts using a variety by society as an excuse to avoid depth and focus on breadth. Instead of improving themselves they hunt for a new surroundings again in poor faith. I don’t think this is good.

You can’t put an airplane emoji in your Instagram bio and think it translates to self-growth. 

For too long you extroverts have been controlling the business scene and LinkedIn is starting to reveal your true colours of not seeing true depth and as an ambivert I feel it’s my responsibility to push the introverts to get this far in the article to convince people depth is the way to go.

So IF I may, let me recommend some Asparagus you should listen to. I will be releasing a small series of these posts dissecting an album by the rapper Spose that I originally really didn’t like, and still sometimes skip some tracks. I’ve come to realize this is a wonderfully cohesive album that covers a lot of the realization around the stage of life we find ourselves in during our twenties.

Find it on Apple Music or Spotify: “We all got Lost” Spose.