No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.No one’s hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one’s finger prints are like yours.
A lot of things make us who we are: Our personalties?… family? so our genes maybe? Things that we enjoy? hobbies? Well,I pose a question for you,so
what really make you,you?
We live in a society today where we co exist with people that expect us to live stereotypes that maybe behaving a certain way or listening to a particular type of music? just to be deemed ‘Cool’ ,for those of who are more sophisticated ‘acceptable’,some people will go to great extents to have this feeling of acceptance. we have become so engrossed in doing this,has it become second nature?Has it become habitual to partake in being these stereotypes? Every community/society has their norms;I’m not saying to go against them ,to do something outrageous or shocking that is unacceptable. Our lives have become a cliché in other words to clarify.
What is the difference between living and existing?
Here are two stories:
1) The first one is of a leaf.
Imagine a picturesque wood with oak trees that many hundreds of leaves on them.All of a sudden there is a strong gust of wind,one leaf is carried away by the wind;it lands somewhere far away from the oak trees.
2) This second is of a seed.
A seed is planted and it sits underneath the ground in the soil through the harsh and unforgiving winter waiting patiently for the spring to come.Finally the day arrived that the seed had so tolerantly waited for;as any seed it began to sprout just as it reached the surface of the soil,a rock came in the way of the little seed but it persevered and grew around the rock and one day it grew to become a mighty oak tree.
The difference between the leaf and seed is the seed lived; it didn’t get affected by its circumstances/surroundings,it strived to be what it wanted to be but the leaf it was taken by the wind;didn’t try to change the situation,strive to become something.
In a everyday situation,a recent example of this,a story that was covered by international media and shocked the world was of a 14 year old girl called Malala Yousafzai who lived in Pakistan and stood up for her rights to an education whilst doing this she was shot in the head by the Taliban. Everyone was scared to stand up and speak their minds because they were scared and she was the only one who was an individual.
In today’s society we are like sheep in a herd and we blindly follow things,if we are all the same then it would be plain boring,in history time,time and again it’s been proven that if someone has done something different they have been remembered for it for example Martin Luther King jr,Rosa parks or Mahatma Gandhi
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote explains the gist of I’m trying to say and I hope for some of you this was not a bit of a tangent.