Many people nowadays seem to be in a state of dilemma. I don’t blame them though. This is because the world today provides them with a paradoxical choice:
Be yourself and be free or conform to the current trend to avoid being labelled as “weird“
It is paradoxical in nature as the mantra that is constantly being preached everywhere is “Be Yourself” . Yet, if one acts even the slightest bit different from whatever is the rage these days will, without fail, receive at least few condescending glares. It can be anything like preferring to keep social media usage to a minimum as opposed to having eyes glued to smartphone screens constantly updating statuses. Actually doing work in a class group project instead of indulging in the latest fashion trends. These are just some of the things that might get you a few whispers here and there. Proclaiming that you have never seen a single episode of Game Of Thrones, Sherlock, etc is a surefire way of getting yourself into an intense rant on how you don’t have life just because you never found the time to watch their favorite show.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t me trying to justify ‘hipster’ lifestyles as I think that ‘hipsters’ are walking contradictions to their stance. While ‘hipsters’ go against the current trend to be ‘original’ or make a statement, if there is a large enough following then they become the very trend they resist.
Instead, what I have here are simply things that regular Joes, like you and me, choose to do. Why? It is because they can. Some people might not find such shows up to their taste or prefer a less social media-oriented life. They are doing it because it is part of who they are. After all, aren’t we supposed to be ourselves?
I personally believe that we should live life as it is. If life gives us something good, make the most out of it. Life decided to make you miserable instead? Rise up to the challenge and emerge stronger and better than before. That’s just how life rolls.
A fellow blogger pointed out how life could be so much better if we simply ignored what others might think and give ourselves room to be more carefree. Enjoy the simple pleasantries around us that we take for granted. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more.
Stay frosty and have a nice day.