"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's amazing how Emerson's words ring especially true in this digital era we live in. Whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, people are always trying to one-up each other in an effort to get as many "likes" and positive comments as they can get. They lose sight of their true selves and instead turn into the individuals society wants them to be. In essence, they sell out for social approval.
Indeed, society says that we should do all the following:
- Look as skinny as possible
- Have as many kids as possible
- Get married as early as possible
- Work in the most prestigious high-paying jobs (vice president, etc.)
- Possess as much money and material possessions as possible
- Drink as much as possible
And the list goes on...
But what if someone chooses to deviate from societal expectations? They're then frowned upon by many.
Even though we're in the 21st century, many people still have a "herd mentality" of sorts ingrained in their minds. They feel pressured to do what everyone else is doing -- whether it's getting married, having kids, posting countless baby pictures on Facebook, or getting wasted every weekend -- because it's what all their peers typically do.
Why are people so damn afraid of exercising their individuality?
Not all of us have to think and act alike!
If you don't wish to have kids or get married, that's your right. If you don't want to work as a doctor or accountant and would rather pursue a singing career, that's your decision. If you'd prefer not to look like a stick figure, go ahead and shun society's idea of "beautiful."
I'm just so tired of people feeling pressured into doing what everyone else does. In ancient times, following the current might have helped increase the chances of survival and reproduction, but it's time for some people to get with the program.
We all have different personalities, values, and beliefs, not to mention unique preferences as far as how we dress and live our lives in general. To be able to exercise our individuality is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. Why squander that by letting others dictate what's beautiful, trendy, or appropriate?
Call me a rebel, but I like living my life on my own terms. There's no greater thrill in life than being yourself and not caring what anyone else thinks. It's truly liberating!
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