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You’re Not Just Like Me – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (Like)


If I take all the things I like, and all the things I dislike and put them all, say, into a box, my box will be filled and devoid of a unique number of things. Some people in the world would need really big boxes, and others would fit all the things they like into a shoebox. I tend to try to avoid both types.

The types of people who make me suspicious, however, are the ones who tell me they like everything I like and dislike everything I dislike. How can they? Our boxes, after all, are as unique as our fingerprints. And so when I come across someone I seem to have a lot in common with, I try not to tell them I like the same things they like – at least not too many – because it kind of freaks me out. I don’t want them to get suspicious of ME.

Sometimes I think we should have a sheet that we can check off things we like and don’t like and hang them around our necks for other people to see. No wait, that’s just stupid. Can you imagine how many people would look at your sheet and not want to associate with you because you, for instance, enjoy eating peanut butter with cheese? I’d never have spoken to my best friend if I’d known that up front.

The point is, I like what I like and you like what you like. If we all liked the same things, how boring would the world be? What would we have to argue about? We’d all be one big happy world without conflict and we’d all sit around smiling all day because the things we don’t like wouldn’t even exist. I don’t think I’d like that. Would you?

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

23 thoughts on “You’re Not Just Like Me – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (Like)

  1. My gf and I have so much in common it does scare us. We even have birthdays only seven days apart…. the creepiest part? We even share scars. Doppelganger Love…. (hm…. story idea…)


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  3. Reading this, I can’t help but think of the song ‘My Favorite Things’ from The Sound of Music! πŸ˜€


  4. Very true. And I don’t like peanut butter with anything….


  5. “The types of people who make me suspicious, however, are the ones who tell me they like everything I like and dislike everything I dislike. ” I wish somebody had told me this before I married my ex. I think you’re wise to be suspicious, but also try not to let it make you discount a potential friendship.


  6. You’re so right — it’s great that everyone has not only overlapping likes but also differing ones, or else the world would in fact be a really boring place. So I agree; I would NOT like it if we were all the same! Good post!


  7. I’m fairly easy going in a lot of things so I could possibly be one of those people who likes the same things as you. But then again……


  8. I agree and I like your post Linda πŸ™‚
    I do also find people more interesting, when we have some different views at life. Maybe we have several things in common, but I feel sure, that we also have a lot of differenties.


  9. Hmmm…Yes, you’re right it would be totally boring if everyone liked the same things! And if that were true, there would be a huge and horrible surplus of canned vegetables. Because I don’t like those πŸ˜‰


  10. Now you have me really confused. I don’t know whether to like this or to not like this. Sheesh!


  11. I’ve never had a woman speak so candidly about her box before. Anyway, I agree. Similarities are boring. I prefer a woman that I have some differences with. I enjoy learning about her passions and teaching her about mine instead of just jumping in and being like, “OMG I already know all the awesome Doctor Who episodes!” It’s like a chance to rekindle my passion for those hobbies.


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