Between social networking, mass media, and the ever-present peer pressure, you can be easily distracted from the right choices. On the inside, everyone wants to be their own person. Some of us succeed and some of us succumb to going with the flow because it’s easier. But in doing that we sometimes do stupid things because we’re afraid. Afraid of letting down the people in our circles or having those same people make fun of and laugh at us. You shouldn’t be scared to stand out and do things that go against the norm once in a while. Plus, you never really know what other people are going to think of something until it actually happens.
Yet at the same time, if we never did what other people do we would never try out new things. Many of us are firmly stuck in our ways. We don’t like change, some of us fear it and others may loathe it. For example, let’s consider music. I have never liked any of the current music I have been exposed to and when a friend and I decided to swap a short list of songs by our favorite artists, I went into it with an already marred attitude towards the band she recommended to me. A misconception at it’s best because that same group I was reluctant to listen to has now earned a spot among my top favorite bands.
What I’m attempting to say is that you should be your own person who is not afraid to make conscious decisions on their own, but you should also try some new things once in a while. Maybe this quote will help get my message across:
“If you must say yes, say it with an open heart. If you must say no, say it without fear.”
― Paulo Coelho
Don’t do something just to make someone else happy if what you are doing doesn’t seem right to you. In other words, follow you heart. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do anything for anyone else, you should give sometimes, but make sure it gives you that good feeling and be fearless when you say no.