If you’re anything like me, about an eighth of what comes out of your mouth is some reference to a movie, TV show, or video. (Another quarter of what I say is probably complete nonsense lol.) My sister and I both communicate with each other by making obscure references. I think it has become second nature because we consume so much media. But one thing that really annoys me is when there is a line of dialogue that replays in my head, but I have no clue where the reference came from.
It happened to me early this morning. It’s part of the reason why I’m so tired and barely had energy to write today. I was startled from my sleep at five something in the morning because my mom’s smart watch sounded some kind of alarm. (Side note: If you’re wondering why the watch was in my room, it’s because I bought it as her Christmas present some years ago. She has been begging me to set it up for her, but I haven’t yet because the directions came in a one inch pamphlet where only two lines were in English). Anyways, my heart was beating out of my chest for a good couple of minutes, and that gave my mind plenty of time to awaken and get active.
It was a pretty random and insignificant reference, but once it was in my mind I couldn’t shake it. All I could picture was someone bursting into the room and yelling, “What is going on in here?” I was just thinking, “Bro. This is stupid. I want to go back to sleep.” But maybe it was determination or the little devil on my shoulder, and it was like “No. YOU’RE GOING TO STAY AWAKE! Figure out where this reference came from!” It was a bit like trying to remember one of your passing thoughts that you forget after a half a second. But eventually I realized it was from the “Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy” episode of SpongeBob, and in the moment SpongeBob and Patrick were harassing their favorite superheroes that were staying in a retirement home. It was one of the caretakers that burst in the room, and ended up throwing SpongeBob and Patrick out of the building for causing distress to the retired superheroes. Once I realized that, I was like “Really? That’s what was keeping me up?”
It’s always the most random things that stick out to me in media. My sister and I love to quote, “How’s it feel to be me” from The Preacher’s Kid. Chances are most people don’t have a clue what I’m referencing. This should be all the more indication that I should stop talking in quotes so much. It’s gotten to a point where I’ll make references without trying to, and my sister might ask, “What’s that from?” Usually I’ll respond with “Uhh…” But at least that is a lot less annoying than waking up in the middle of the night and then immediately thinking about SpongeBob. However, there’s more to life than just consuming media. I think it will make me a better communicator and allow me to form deeper connections if I don’t use movie or TV show references to carry my conversations all the time. But I’ll probably still reference a few in this blog lol.