I haven’t done this writing prompt in forever! This week, I like this one and I’ve got some time.
3. Tell us about a crush you had and/or have
Mwuhahaha this is just guilty pleasure material right here! I was walking back from the bathroom and ruminating on why we find certain people attractive. Why do I not think Ryan Reynolds is hot, whereas my friend, Carrie, thinks he’s the best looking actor out there? Why do my friends go nuts over Channing Tatum? I acknowledge his inherent sexiness and I certainly think it was hot watching him strip in Magic Mike. But I don’t melt when I look at him.
Maybe I’m just weird but I’m totally crushing on Iron Maiden’s lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. Ok, I know he’s like 57 now but I think there’s some kind of chemical in each of us that dictates what we find appealing. I also think celebrity crushes are such an awesome little distraction in our lives. In that Hozier song, Someone New, he sings:
There’s an art to life’s distractions
To somehow escape the burning weight
The art of scraping through
I just feel like we need them in our lives; women especially. We’re always told to be reserved and if you cross a line, you’re slutty or improper or what have you. It’s good to experience these emotions in a safe place. That said, would you look at him? Just look:
That’s a gorgeous man!
Beware: he’s using his rock star powers of eyelock!
At all stages of his career, there was something attractive about him.
Did I mention he’s a fairly good fencer? Oh, and a pilot? Yeah, and a history teacher and he makes beer. Buy some, it’s good! I mean, he’s so well-rounded and smart and you should see him when he talks about planes. He’s like a little kid!
When he quit Maiden in ’93, he had a fairly successful go at a solo career but they eventually got back together and started touring again. They have their own jet that he flies on world tours. Recently, he battled throat cancer – and won – and is still straight up awesome.
So yeah, there’s my celebrity crush in a nutshell. I swear, these little things that fill the empty spaces of my day – between grading papers and dealing with freshmen and making food for my children and handling life’s daily grind – really support all around happiness.