A man is said to be a social animal. Even from his very existence on this planet, he has lived in groups. As he became civilised the groups grew up into his society. He made the rules and lived by it. But sometimes living my the rules of the society is not for everyone. There have always been people who broke the rules and some were fortunate enough to live on their own norms. The people who do not adhere to the norms of the society have always been looked down by the society. There were ill-treated and most importantly hurt by the society for being different.
Standing out of the crowd is not always easy. The society always expects you to be normal. The norms that have been followed for ages cannot change. The people who don’t want to live by those norms of the society has to undergo tremendous pressure to be themselves. Not everyone likes everything. Everyone is different and everyone thinks differently, but the society does not care about every individual. It just goes by its norms. It puts up so much pressure on the evey individual to follow its norms.
When we look closer the society, it is non-other than our family, friends, coworkers and a bunch of people we know. So the decisions we make in not following the norms of the society and decide to be different affects each one of them in one way or another. If everything is normal no one is going to care about it, but when things are different people get talking about, they are just curious to know why and what’s. Not every why and what question comes to the person who is different, most of the questions are posted to the people around him. That’s when they are not comfortable in letting someone they know to be different. There is nothing to blame them.
But being different is not that easy, and not everyone chooses to be different. Many just give up and adapt to follow what the society tells them to do and just become a society norm. There are few who does not give up being themselves. It’s not that they want to be different, they just want to be true to themselves. They even try to follow the norms and try act normal. At one point when they cannot do it anymore they give up. One cannot just live to satisfy the people around, one needs to live for his own happiness. One has to follow his own heart for his happiness to follow him.
The simple norms of the society like getting a college degree, getting a job, getting married, having kids is sometimes not for everyone. If someone decides to get off the line from the normal and have his own way of life we should be supportive and encourage him to follow his happiness. The society should give up convincing people that being normal is good. The society should grow up more to accept people for who they are and respect their thoughts and allow them to live their own lives without judging them in any way.
Living life to the fullest can be fulfilled only by living with happiness. 🙂