The world has taken to judging its members for too long now; trying to mould them into being someone ‘socially very acceptable’ while ironically preaching about ‘being yourself’’; deploring ‘herd mentality’, yet at the same time practicing ‘fitting in.’ One wonders at such hypocrisy.
It is time to start encouraging people to be what they want to be because each one is special and different, each one has a purpose in life, a unique one which only they can fulfill and execute in full earnest and to full effect. Trying to curb one’s natural behavior, desires and potential, is akin to going against nature (and that is definitely not pretty now, is it?)
Being judged is something every person today faces, be it in school, at work, at home… or even for decisions one makes in life, their choices, their mistakes… but one must remember that it needs to be ignored. There is a label for everything today, isn’t there? The quiet ones are labeled submissive, the dreamers are labeled unrealistic, and of course, the outspoken are labeled blunt and disrespectful only for speaking the bitter truth, but isn’t ‘honesty the best policy’, something we’ve been taught all our lives? History has constantly showed us that the different, strong, dynamic and honest personalities alone have changed the world, not the ones who have been running around trying to impersonate someone they have been fed into believing are the ‘right kind of people’. Don’t hide behind masks or pretences to regret later when you realize how beautiful your uniqueness is, how perfect you are.
Different people, uniqueness, path breakers scare the majority, simply because they’re not understood; they get raised eyebrows simply because the majority refuses to entertain possibilities. These ‘self-proclaimed deliberating bodies’ that everyone comes across in his or her life at some point of time are only a good for nothing set of people trying to bow down the one person who dares to raise a voice and stand for the right thing, dares to be themselves, even if it means standing alone. I wonder what has happened to the mighty ideal of unity in diversity… did we lose it on the way or did we, in fact, lose ourselves? If we start saying to ourselves, why bother if it doesn’t affect me, then we’re doomed as a species, we’re doomed as humans.
Let us love again, encourage again, believe again and bring the best out of the diverse personalities we come across. Uniqueness needs to be respected, encouraged and nurtured. Narrow mindedness needs to be done away with. We could all use a little kindness, acceptance and empowerment; so let us actually practice the beautiful ideal of ‘live and let live’ and not just preach it.
© Isha Garg
Doodle by Isha Garg