From the moment we are born, we have been told how to behave, what to like and what to consume. As I grow older, I’m realising more and more that there are so many things that we genuinely don’t choose for ourselves, but that are chosen for us.
Until recently, we lived in a society where “normal” meant that it was frowned upon for a man to wear a dress or wear makeup. Women were expected to stay in and look after the house and family. We were expected to go to school/university/college and get a job. It was “normal” to want to get married and have children (there is nothing wrong with these things if that is what you love!).
But how many of those things were imposed upon us by “society”? If we continue to box ourselves into certain categories on how we should behave, what we should like and what we should be doing with our lives, how are we as the human species supposed to evolve and improve?
As soon as I realised this, I began consciously making my everyday choices. Each time I do something, I think to myself “did I choose this, or did ‘someone else’ choose this for me?” We often feel pressured to ‘fit into’ society’s predetermined ideals. But the truth is, those ideals are always changing through the ages (it was fashionable for men to wear dresses at some point in history). We shouldn’t make others feel uncomfortable for wanting to push the boundaries of what is considered “normal”. We should embrace this and go forth with love. Who knows, they could be the pioneers of a new revolution!
I’ve always been a rebel child who questioned authority and questioned everything around me, so it was only natural that my path in life took me to entrepreneurship. But I did almost fall into the trap of fitting the mould and getting myself a traditional job (but there is nothing wrong with this if this is what you love!).
Have you ever considered that every time you go shopping at the supermarket for food, you are limited by only the choices that are available? This is applicable in every area of our lives. From TV adverts telling us what we should be buying, to the news on TV telling us what we should be scared of (how much of it is really true?), TV programmes telling you what shows you should be watching and the radio telling us what music we should like and what the latest trends are.
It’s time to stand up and make our own choices on what we want to do with our lives, what we want to wear, what we want to eat, without some invisible authority silently herding us around like sheep.4