Under Pressure: Ee Da De Da De Da De Da
Have you ever found yourself simultaneously doing something so stupid you don’t even question it? Maybe it’s because it’s been a habit for a long time or maybe the stupidity of it makes it somehow unquestionable.
In today’s age, more than ever, it’s hard not to compare ourselves with others.
Why can’t my hips not lie?
We live in a world where we want to be ourselves but at the same time we want to fit in. And even when we tell ourselves I don’t care what they think about me, at one point or another that little voice of wanting to fit in becomes louder and louder.
This goes beyond our middle school D.A.R.E program, which, by the way—um what? This type of pressure is what we face everyday. Wake up and realize there are no filters in your mirror, how the hell did I wake up like this? And just like that, it’s the beginning of picking on yourself and on things that are, somehow, told to be unacceptable by our society.
We are constantly being told what to do from left to right. Like going on the green juice cleanse; what type of pants are in for the Summer; or even pressured to get that bad haircut that somehow everyone is getting –just because it looks good on J-Law doesn’t mean it’ll look good on you!
It’s as if we don’t have a mind of our own to know exactly who we are and what we want. Listening to these distracting voices can only lead us astray; lead us to become someone we aren’t because we are too afraid to go against the flow.
I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip flops, so I bought army pants and flip flops.
No one should be wearing army pants, period. But that is beside the point.
It’s so liberating when you stop comparing yourself to others and finally become the person you were actually created to be. From the outside looking in, many things often seems perfect and cool; and not being a part of that cool world would mean life sucks not to be a part of it. But what truly sucks is losing yourself in the midst of all these opinions trying to dictate your life.
I Wish That I Could Be Like the Cool Kids
None of us are actually perfect, but aren’t our imperfections what makes each and every one of us a little—unique Monique?
Often times we are so well adjusted to our own culture that we begin to fit in and blend with the things we aren’t comfortable with. This pressure only eats away the sparkle that makes you, well, you.
Kind of like listening to Keith Urban—no.
The reason why we do what we do, is mostly to keep ourselves from getting hurt. The truth of the matter is that succumbing to the pressures of the world will bring regret and then more regret. You can’t turn back the clock and change the things you’ve done or haven’t done. Why not just stick with who you are and make it work?
Don’t settle for anonymity and obscurity amongst the crowds. Let your light shine on.
Don’t let the haters keep you from doing your thang’