new experiences instead of comfort

We Are A Generation Stuck In The Past: Our Obsession With Being Too Comfortable

Are we capable of experiencing something new for the first time?

We Are A Generation Stuck In The Past: Our Obsession With Being Too Comfortable

Earlier this year, it was announced that the prior forefront of Sony Games, Spyro the Dragon, would be receiving a remake of the original trilogy. This announcement was met with excitement and relief, but also left a question for other gamers who met the announcement with uncertainty: would the gaming market be dominated by remakes for the next few years?

Remakes are nothing new to entertainment and can be used as a re-imagining of what could have been. John Carpenter's beloved 1982 movie, The Thing, was a remake of Howard Hawk's movie of the same name from 1951. The reception to both movies was drastically different and gives a reason as to why one is more critically acclaimed than the other. But, what makes the audience's so drawn to these remakes and sequels that are seen more frequently in our generation?

The biggest factor is comfort: we know what to expect if it's been done before. Sequels are guilty of drawing in huge audiences because of this expectation. This was seen when sequels such as The Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory 2 came out, having box office sales respectively of $180 million and $135 million domestically.

These movies drew in audiences of various generations because they were able to provide a simple premised movie that had both nostalgia and character development for characters we hadn't seen in years.

It leaves the question of if these remakes and sequels are necessary. Are we capable of making original movies that can receive as welcoming of an audience compared to a remake or sequel? A step further is asking ourselves: Are we capable of experiencing something new for the first time?

Everyone has activities that they're used to, but these activities were once new to all of us. We weren't born knowing how to ride a bike or speak a language, but through practice and exposure, we began to master these skills to the point that they're second nature to us now. We are all capable of doing something out of routine or trying new habits, but why does it take us so long to begin that process?

I believe the comfort we have in our habits and routines makes it difficult for us to challenge ourselves. Routines give us stability in our hectic lives, but they shouldn't stop us from trying something for the first time. If we are able to challenge our comfort zone and have new experiences, we will be able to progress as individuals and as a generation.

Don't get me wrong: There's nothing wrong with remakes and sequels (I'm so excited for the new Spyro remake). They give us an opportunity to explore stories and ideas that weren't previously addressed, but it shouldn't hinder the need for originality. We should be able to use our nostalgia and love for the past to fuel new ideas and products for the future.

When you hear the words, "try something for the first time", take into consideration what you haven't experienced yet. Go try that restaurant that you've heard all your friends talk about, but haven't had the chance to go yourself. Try ice skating for the first time. Challenge the social norms you've become comfortable with.

If you're preoccupied with staying 'comfortable,' you may miss new experiences you could love in the future.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B just dropped the hottest summer single yet. It's called "WAP" and we're going to get into all the intoxicating lyrics.

This song empowers females and their sexuality. These women put the ridiculous music industry female beef to bed, and I mean tucked away in a coma.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.


From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less

Meet My Cat: Cheshire, The Stray Turned House Cat Who Lives in Michigan

I never considered myself a cat person, but Chess immediately stole my heart.

Madelyn Darbonne

In 2016, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of three grey kittens on my aunt and uncle's property. I had never considered myself to be much of a cat person, but these furballs immediately stole my heart. I got to watch them grow up until they were old enough to leave their mother's side.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less

Chances are if you're here, you're probably interested in writing an open letter. Yay! We're excited to have you.

Of course, not all open letters are created equal. In fact, there's a recipe to writing one for Odyssey that'll get featured on one of our many verticals. When it comes to Swoon specifically (for those new around here, that's our dating and relationships vertical), we receive dozens of open letters each month, many of which are all very similar.

Keep Reading... Show less

With a new phone comes great responsibility: Do not break it! And the best way to do that is with a case. However, picking a case can be a challenge. No need to fret, I am here to help break down some of the best cases for the new iPhone SE 2020. Honestly, I think it's going to be impossible to choose!

Keep Reading... Show less

To some who have been out of the dating world for a while, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things after being single for some time. So, I asked 26 people what they think is important to know before looking for love again, here's what they had to say.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments