4 Societal Norms You Must Break to Be True to Yourself
When is a rule, not a rule? And what are Societal Norms?
We grow up thinking many things are set in stone. There are rules all around us. Some for fire and health safety. Some to protect our possessions. Some to keep things the way they’ve always been. And we seldom question who set these “rules” and why?
What becomes more complicated is the idea of societal norms. A societal norm is a way people behave, which has become so familiar people think of them as rules when in truth, they are not. Seems in the past couple of years many of those elected to offices have assumed the mantle of dictating those rules without actually having that power
Toeing The Line” has been the emphasis of the Centralized US Government most recently regarding the COVI-19 Pandemic. It is interesting to sit back a study how certain regions are handling the ‘mandates’ and the actual RESULTS, positive or negative, that are affecting the health and financial stability of so many
So, while we’re toeing the line, and there might be a time and place for this, sometimes it can do more harm than good, especially when it comes to doing what’s right for the sake of your mental health and emotional well-being.
How do you know which societal norms you must break to be true to yourself?
Think about these things:
This is the Way It’s Always Been Done
It seems no matter what you’re talking about, trying to convince someone they should do something different is always an uphill battle. After all, it’s always easier to keep things exactly as they are. Change is difficult. This is why it’s hard to convince ourselves sometimes just how much success relies on change. You can’t get anywhere at all if you’re always doing the same thing over and over.
Everyone has expectations. Our parents might put certain educational expectations on us. Our friends expect us to do what they’re doing, especially when it comes to marrying or having kids. Even our significant other expects us to behave in specific ways sometimes. The problem? When we live to others’ expectations, we forget to stay true to ourselves. Maybe we don’t want college or kids. Or our picture of success is entirely different from someone else’s. How often have you experienced this? Comment below.
We should all be exactly alike. Right? Sometimes it seems this way. We discourage those who are different from the norm and even make fun of them for being odd or eccentric. How does this make you feel when you want to do something a little ‘different’ from everyone else? It takes courage to stop being a mirror image of those around you.
It’s What You See
We love movies, TV, the internet…we also love to listen to what media tells us about absolutely everything. We have allowed celebrities to be our role models and take the Internet for gospel truth information from the sketchiest of sources sometimes. Isn’t it better to think for yourself and decide what’s right and wrong?
This behavior is especially true during the “Pandemic” affecting the world recently. So many are relying on VERY questionable sources to allow their lives to be controlled.
Forget societal norms. They were created by people like you who got tired of whatever the old status quo used to be. Life isn’t supposed to be this hard. Keep things simple by staying true to yourself, and your life will be so much happier.
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