Yes, Adults Can Cosplay Too, And No, We Are Not Freaks Because Of It

Let people enjoy their hobbies.


A local newsgroup did some wonderful coverage on an event that I and many of my friends attended recently. They showcased so many cosplays and put some positive light on one of the largest conventions in Alabama. It was amazing to see the range of skills and abilities local and non-local cosplayers brought to my city.

However, not everyone in the city was too impressed with over 8,000 people attending the event and wearing costumes from various anime series, video games, comics, and TV series. Some happened to leave some colorful comments and opinions on something many of us enjoy doing in our free time.

Cosplayers have always been seen as immature and jobless for some reason. Maybe it's because we primarily cosplay characters that are not our age, or they think of it as we can't move on from Halloween. What these people do not see is the money, time and energy that goes into making a cosplay. I honestly cannot blame them for that, many people that have not looked into the hobby are clueless on that aspect. Cosplay, though, has recently only become more mainstream with TV shows surrounding it and it appears more and more on social media, even if it has been here since 1939. This has led to cosplay gaining both more interest and receiving more hate.

I have learned valuable skills through cosplay. From running a business to networking to more practical skills such as sewing, woodwork, budgeting and resin casting. I am able to apply these skills to other things besides just cosplaying. I feel as if I am much better off than some adults who are still going completely into debt, not working/trying to improve their lives, and still bullying others for having a hobby.

While many attendees were under the age of 18, so many were above the age of 18. Many of us have jobs ranging from bartenders to teachers to medical professionals and everything in between. Cosplay for us, is a hobby, a way to escape from the craziness of the world even for just a day. It is a creative outlet and a way to find new friends we might otherwise not meet. It is a way for people to come together for a weekend from all over the country and sometimes the world, for fun and crazy adventures.

Some even found work within the cosplay community, such as Cubster Cosplay Photography who takes photos, like the one on the cover photo, of MorrisWorld, Zombie Fishie Cosplay, Little Red Fox Cosplay, and JustcallmeZer0 after they spent hours and hours on building the cosplays. These photographers often up in 20+ hours over the weekend and then even more after the con on top of their normal daily life. Others work as vendors and artist selling merchandise and goods to attendees. A few may even discover a new passion for voice acting or developing and network to achieve their dreams.

In the end, it has always baffled me on how someone's hobby just causes someone to react in this way. Of course every group has it's bad eggs, cosplayers are no exception, but for the most part, it is full of wonderful people. I have watched other cosplayers band together for someone going through hard times. I have seen cosplayers comfort those at conventions that break down crying due to anxiety or protecting those who do not feel safe. The cosplay community is full of so many people that help to hype up others when starting a business or starting a new cosplay.

I get that not everyone is not going to understand how much cosplaying has brought people out of dark times. I get that not everyone will understand that cosplayers are not people who still live in their mom's basement. That is okay. I can never condone some of these comments made by people who refuse to try to understand. Though, hopefully soon, people will see cosplaying no different than those who dress up for sporting events, attending a home and garden show, or any other type of hobby that is now more widely accepted.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out:

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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When You Decide You Don't Love Me Anymore

I'll forgive you.


I never thought I would write this, but I feel like I have to: there will come a day where you won't love me anymore. This won't be a sad day, but instead a day I have waited for all along. You see, they all leave and that is perfectly okay. People may not be meant to be in my life for all of it, not in any of our lives but this is normal and although initially saddening it is a part of our lives and inevitably part of our journey.

When this time comes I want you to know that we did our best, that we were in fact in love once and that we had hoped it would blossom into a lifetime commitment but it didn't and I accept that and will respect you always. I know you did not wake up one day out of the blue and stop loving me, I know this feeling grew over time in your heart and that it was not something you planned on. I respect this.

You were the only person I trusted and the one I loved the most, but nothing lasts forever and I hope you can understand there is no animosity here and certainly, no stone left unturned. We just are not those kinds of people, we would have tried everything to keep our love burning bright and tried for quite a while to understand where the cracks began so that could fix them, it just isn't that simple. Love is a long complicated process, you know that and falling in love with me couldn't have been easy, I am misunderstood and stubborn as all hell and I am FULLY aware of that but that does not mean I didn't try to ease up on you, I promise I did my best.

I have always done my best to understand you, to make you happy, to keep the flame alive, but it has been extinguished. Love does that sometimes, it is there one day burning bright and then it slowly starts to dim with every fight, every unrequited "I love you" and every day passing by in which we spoke less and less about the things that mattered and more and more about worthless things.

This is all okay, it is a season of life, a part of our lives in which we do suffer but one we must grin and bear. I want you to know that I will always love and care for you, although it is now in a much different way, now we no longer look at each other with doting eyes and open hearts but instead with the freedom to let go and move on.

It is time for us to go on with our lives and find a new adventure, one that will light our hearts on fire instead of continuing to snuff our joint flame. You will always be in my memory and a huge part of my life that I once had but I accept that it's over and that time sometimes wears on things as it has worn on us.

You are the love of my life and that is truly the reason I must forgive you.

Goodbye, my love.

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