I’m just throwing it out here, but I may have gone goblin. Yep, I might be in Goblin Mode.
As you must realize it’s been a long 2 years of living with Covid-19 realities and precautions. Plus considering I’m an introvert at heart, I may have been on the precipice of going goblin to begin with.
What is Goblin Mode, you may be asking?
According to Google Trends this term, Goblin Mode, has been around for a while, peaking in popularity in February 2022. The Guardian recently published an article about this term. The article is cleverly entitled: “Slobbing out and giving up: why are so many people going ‘goblin mode’?”
Here is what I learned from reading the article. Someone named Juniper, a primary source I guess, described Goblin Mode as: “… kind of the opposite of trying to better yourself…. everyone’s just kind of wild and insane right now.”
The article also says that Goblin Mode is: “… an almost spiritual-level embrace of our most debased tendencies.”
This was clarified further by Cat Marnell, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir How To Murder Your Life, who said that: “It’s when you act crazy, and you enter a very mythological space– you want to jump on the back of a salamander and make trouble.”
Examples of being in Goblin Mode include, but are not limited to, the ideas of not committing to a daily exercise regime, not bothering to wear clothes that match, and pretty much giving up on the bread-baking homemaker ideal + healthy diet that was popular at the beginning of the pandemic.
I have to be truthful here, the foregoing paragraph does ring true with me– and perhaps with you, too. [Don’t worry, you’re among friends so you can admit it.]
While I don’t think I’m a total slob nor am I certifiably insane after two years of being on constant alert for an invisible virus that can kill me & everyone I love, I do think I’ve shifted my priorities, allowed myself to be less uptight in general.
In fact I’d go so far as to say I’m a person who’d love to cause some harmless trouble– if I could only find the right salamander.
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
How did you… first come to realize that Goblin Mode was a thing?
In what ways… do you feel you are currently in Goblin Mode?
Tell me about… what you like or dislike about the concept of Goblin Mode.
What’s it like… to know that you, or someone you love, may have gone goblin?
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