You could tell me I shouldn’t do the things I do. You can even say I’m crazy, stupid, or strange. But if you say that I’m all these things, then what does that make you?
Normal is relative. I believe normality is just a more acceptable way to explain insanity. We work the same jobs everyday just to make enough money to buy the things we don’t really want, and why? Because we don’t think our life is as good as it should be. There’s too much pressure especially in America to be somebody or something. We’ve got to be a doctor, we’ve gotta be a party animal, we’ve gotta keep up with sports, we’ve got to have several hundred friends, why?
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with social media. For one I never thought I was good at it and I felt nobody really cared what I had to say. I would take hiatuses from Facebook, twitter, and instagram mostly because I thought they were making me mentally unstable and I couldn’t focus on the things that were important to me. I also had a hard time studying.
America is encouraging us to be sheep. They want us all to know the same things, listen to the same music, eat the same food, watch the same TV shows. Little do we know we’re being morphed into robots who can’t think for themselves. That is part of why I got into psychology. I wanted to figure out why people do the things they do and why we feel that these things are considered “normal”.
If we don’t follow consensus we are labeled as weird. If we think some girl is attractive but nobody else agrees, you’re weird. You put on one of your favorite songs and nobody else likes it, you’re weird. You’re out to eat at your typical pizza joint and everyone orders cheesesteaks and or burgers but you order a gyro, you’re weird. You can do just about anything to be labeled as weird. But what do people really mean when they say that?
I think those people are scared. Scared to see something unfamiliar to them. Scared to be an individual and step out of conventional thought processes. People will shun you for being different. For some time during my childhood I thought I couldn’t fit in with black kids because I wasn’t raised the same way or in the same circumstances, and therefore couldn’t relate to each other.
I know that sometimes being different means being alone, but that’s okay. Conventional thinking makes being alone seem like a bad thing. I don’t want to push this idea that you should try to be different because if we were all different then we’d all be the same, right? I say just be yourself and embrace everything that does make you different.