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The World Doesn’t Want You to Be Yourself

The world wants you to fall in line.

What do I mean by that?

I mean, your opinion is not always welcome.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not your fault.

Children grow up being cherished. Society views children as innocent and beautiful.

The world treats each one of their opinions as epiphanies, each one of their utterances as gifts from the Gods.

But over time, children lose their luster.

They are no longer treated as unique, and they start to be shaped to fit socially prescribed molds.

It’s just how it goes.

And by the time children become teenagers, they are jaded. They’ve had enough of it all.

Unfortunately, jaded children become jaded adults.

They pursue careers that are safe and make sense — but don’t make them happy.

You can see it in the glassy surface of their lifeless eyes.

Adults who choose safety eschew the fire that they once felt in their hearts.

It’s sad to see. But does it have to happen this way?

I don’t think it does.

What if we had classrooms that focused on relevancy and inspiration rather than predetermined curricula and teaching to the test?

What if we lifted people up for their eccentricities rather than hammer their sides until they fit predetermined shapes?

How would the world be different?

The world doesn’t want you to be yourself because it’s scared of what you might become.

It’s intimidated when you travel too far off the line. It’s frightened that you might rise up and point out the hypocrisy of the false platitudes that we see on motivational posters — but see little of anywhere else.

It’s time to change, and this is how you can do it.

Decide that you’ve had enough. It sounds simple, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Simply making a decision that you won’t take it anymore is, in and of itself, an act of rebellion.

It’s choosing to break from the mold because the mold is suffocating. It’s deciding that the mold is mass-produced and it just won’t suit your life anymore.

Choose to be bigger than the norm.
Decide to be better than the status quo.

Yes, the cool draft of falling in line behind others is tempting, but the harsh winds of carving your own path will shape you.

The question is: What is holding you back?

Why haven’t you made the move so far?

Inertia is dangerous. It can hold you in place for years — for your whole life if you let it.

But you don’t have to let it.

Every moment is a ripe piece of fruit ready to be plucked.

It’s normal to not want to stand out, to not want to go for it.

People will stare at you. There will be judgment that comes your way. But those eyes are not your own, and that judgment is for other people to live with.

The world hates when you try to be yourself.

But in the end, the world doesn’t get to decide what you do. Only you do.

Only you know what is right for the path you are on.

Start walking. Start pressing your feet down into whatever surface you find yourself on.

Soon you’ll come to know the cadence of your steps. Soon your steps will forge familiarity wherever you go.

Start walking, and don’t stop moving.

If you won’t begin right now, then you only have yourself to blame.