5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life
5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life

Jennifer McShane

Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning
Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning

Jennifer McShane

Toxic relationships: ‘Why walking away from my mum was the best thing I could have done’
Toxic relationships: ‘Why walking away from my mum was the best thing I could have...

Amanda Cassidy

This Dublin home with an incredible reading room is on the market for €1.45 million
This Dublin home with an incredible reading room is on the market for €1.45 million

Megan Burns

These are the six best cinemas in Ireland
These are the six best cinemas in Ireland

Sarah Finnan

7 fun wedding reception games to get everyone in the party mood
7 fun wedding reception games to get everyone in the party mood

Lauren Heskin

‘I still cry for him and the life we planned together. It was all taken away in an instant’
‘I still cry for him and the life we planned together. It was all taken...

Amanda Cassidy

Inside the Greek holiday resort that’s all over celebrity Instagram right now
Inside the Greek holiday resort that’s all over celebrity Instagram right now

Amanda Cassidy

7 movies that will change the way you look at life
7 movies that will change the way you look at life

Jennifer McShane

3-Step LUSH (and healthy) carrot cake pancakes for the brunch of your dreams
3-Step LUSH (and healthy) carrot cake pancakes for the brunch of your dreams

Sophie White

Image / Editorial

Admitting You Hate Something


by IMAGE
11th Oct 2014
blank

Camper van on the beach.

Just get it off your chest. Go on, admit it. You’re big enough and beauteous enough to just say it. Repeat after me, ?I will never like (fill in the blank with that thing that you’ve really, really made an effort to get into, but just can’t).

No? All right, I’ll start. I can’t stand camping. I’ve tried, God love me, I’ve tried.? From the Trip to Tipp in 1993 to a minibreak in a posh Airstream caravan, I’ve pretended on many, many occasions that there isn’t a lovely boutique hotel down the road and that I’d rather be cooking beans in a tin over a burning shoe, because it’s Such Fun.

Not only do I find the whole notion of pretending to be homeless in the name of good times slightly in bad taste, I find it an actively unpleasant experience. There’s the sleeping in a hot plastic bag element of things. The trudge – through the rain, and it’s always raining – to the ?bathroom block?. The American Pie singalong. The burny taste of the toast. The bad person urge to shout out ?Citizens of the world, hear us! We want only our land and cattle back!? as we’re all playacting at being refugees anyway.

The return of harem pants had nothing in the heart-sinking stakes compared to the realisation that eejits everywhere were gobbling up the notion of cool camping. But I made the effort. I invested in a combination fork, spoon and knife (the kspork!) even though a bit of me died inside.

My friends now know better than to invite me any more. I’ve given it a decent shot, almost had a good time that one time, but honestly?? It’s just not for me. And what a relief it is to admit that.

Happily, the pendulum seems to be swinging away from glamping again. Unfortunately, it hasn’t swung far enough for me.? It’s hovering over ?walking holidays? like a woolly sock-shaped threat. I don’t wanna. I’m not gonna. And this time, you can’t make me.

Jenny Coyle

PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK SCOTT

Also Read

blank
IMAGE WRITES
The sexist commentary at Wimbledon still remains a problem

Wimbledon in 2021 and once again female athletes are singled out on the playing field, a great deal of the...

By Jennifer McShane

brain
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
Andrew McGinley: ‘I know that they wouldn’t want me to be sad.’

Following the utterly devastating trial of his wife Deirdre last week, Andrew McGinley spoke afterward of the love of his...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
EDITORIAL
The life-changing act of binning all your terrible underwear

A life of wearing the wrong underwear had Sophie White’s knickers in a twist. She reports on the unexpected satisfaction...

By Sophie White

blank
EDITORIAL
I’ve been ugly and beautiful and the difference is depressing

When I was 12 I wrote a story about two girls who were best friends. One girl, the main character,...

By Sophie White

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
When speaking about ageing, we should follow Julianne Moore’s lead

Actress Julianne Moore is tired of all the cliched tropes about female ageing. The way we speak about it; the...

By Jennifer McShane

house for sale in Rathmines
EDITORIAL
This beautifully finished end of terrace on Rathmines Road is on the market for just over the million mark

Built around 1860, the Victorian house for sale in Rathmines has all of the period features you would expect with...

By Lauren Heskin