We all romanticize certain ideas. Maybe you wish you lived in another decade, when things were simpler, and auto-tune didn't exist yet. Perhaps you yearn for a passionate romance, the kind where you and your partner have explosive fights, and passionate reconciliations. Maybe you just wish for plain old excitement, and don't particularly care where it comes from.
As entertaining as it can be to escape into these daydreams from time to time, there are certain lifestyles, attitudes, and behaviors our society presents as being cool and desirable which are actually far more harmful than they are aspirational. In a thread titled "What do people need to stop romanticizing?" the users of Reddit shared what they thought people should stop glamorizing.
There were hundreds of answers that addressed everything from 50 Shades of Grey to Shakespeare plays, but what all of these idealized notions have in common is that they are based on some twisted version of reality, not reality itself.
Whether it's realizing that your moody, withdrawn boyfriend isn't the tortured love of your life, but just some guy you're better off without, or smoking a cigarette even though you know it's basically death in paper because you thought Don Draper looked so cool doing it, when we romanticize people or behaviors, we are often responding to how we think our lives should be/look/feel. We are not checking in with ourselves to see how we really feel or what we really want, and this disconnect can be extremely damaging to one's mental health.
Ultimately, we can all be into whatever we choose to be into. But when you're deciding how to build your life and what to fill it with, make sure you're making a decision based on facts, and not some romanticized version of reality.