Everyone says to always be yourself. But almost everyone has changed their character at some point. They try to be someone else. But why? People strive to find their true self, and ironically, that usually involves changing their identity.
The world is telling me to conform to a personality that is acceptable. “ walk this way Khaliya.” “ talk this way Khaliya.” “ Use manners so that you don't get shot.” These are things that i'm constantly told so that I don't get defined negatively as I already am. I wish to go with the flow so that I don't get swept away.
Jerry Spinelli’s in his novel Stargirl is filled with excessive symbols and the message of the novel is easily revealed through the insights of the main character, Leo Borlock. This is primarily due to the fact that it is basically a major change and then resettlement of the high school routine. Before Susan’s or Stargirl visit to Mica, Arizona the town was filled with cactus, suburb life and conformity. Excessive themes in Stargirl comes in forms of identity, exploration, society, love and friendship. The symbolism for these things are woven into the pages of the book.
When like everyone else, you will be understood, respected, loved, and go through a life with no bullying. Conforming doesn’t make you special. When you die, you will just be a statistic. Those who are written in textbooks, are household names, and have holidays aren’t famous for being like everyone else. A poem named “The Unknown Citizen” by W. H. Auden encourages this idea.
If one don 't do things differently from others, this world will never see a
Only those who are unaffected by the norms of society and express their individuality can live in true
When an individual hankers for conformity to societal expectations, they question their characteristics with fear of judgment. Often an individual to societal standards will stifle creativity and individuality to pursue personal desires. The dominance of conformity with leave that person unsatisfied and hinder a meaningful life. The individual will face challenges to successfully achieving their desire and year for individuality, however, once they come to the realization, they realize the essential part of their life comes from those desires. This is visible in the film Pleasantville where two high school siblings are put into the utopian society where everything remains pleasant and individuals lack a creative lifestyle.
Individualism not only helps a society grow, but also help the people in it realise that they are good at doing. Richard Koch in this article “In Individual Good or Bad,” compared the pros and cons of individualism. He believes that “individualism has been an enormous success in encouraging ordinary people
Everyone is different. We all have our own personalities and we all take different directions in our lives. People often find themselves lost in this giant world and feel as if they can't share what they are truly thinking or feeling. They hide their personalities and shield themselves from the people of the world, and the quote "Character is what you in the dark." all the more true.
Another example is, “Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out.” By doing this you’re not going to conform and say what people want you to say. You’re being yourself and letting people know you’re not going to conform and say what you believe
As an individual, there is only one me. I try not to follow anyones example but my own. When someone tells me that I can’t do something I will work harder than ever to prove they are wrong. When I say that I am going to do something, I will do anything and everything I possibly can to get it done. Not once have I thought that I was unequal to the next person.
The concept of disregarding society’s views and being self-reliant is celebrated by Transcendentalists. Although, this is not as easy for me as one may think. I was brought up ever since I was a kid to care what others thought of me. So by following the concepts of Transcendentalists I would be changing the person I
If you don’t find a way to be yourself and express yourself as your own person, it will eat away at you until you find yourself being exactly the same as the person beside you. You will get your calling, it might be when you are standing in line at Starbucks in your Uggs, leggings and sweater, when you realize that you and your friends not only look the same but order the same thing. That’s when you will realize that you’ve become the stereotype, that society wants you to be, and maybe you will choose to stay with it which there is nothing wrong with, or maybe you’ll change and evolve into a new