Going Against the Grain

different colour - going against the grainSometimes it is hard to have your own opinion. People don’t like it when they see someone straying away from the norm because, in some way, it threatens how they perceive the world. Often times, people become defensive and criticize people who decide to challenge the norm in order to preserve what they are comfortable with.

Blindly following likely isn’t a good plan. Despite its risk, standing up for what you believe in against adversity is crucial to being true to yourself and achieving happiness. You never know, it could even land you ahead.

Never wanting to risk looking like a fool, some people never go against the grain. They don’t like feeling out of place, so they repress their individuality in order to “fit in” – perhaps to just ride the wave of “majority rules”. While this means that they may superficially fit in, the actual result is that they likely will also never feel like they truly belong. The truth is, there are many times, when there is no “right answer” – and I’m not talking about breaking the law but rather options: your choice in from the mundane to the extraordinary.

You are your own person. You are in charge of what you do. You get to decide what you want and what you like. You are a living breathing human being with your own goals, your own desires, and your own dreams – not some robot. That is the beauty of free will. It’s up to you to decide who and what is worth it. You (and only you) can decide who you are and what you do.

Do not willingly give up your personal freedom by simply being a faceless nobody in the crowd. Be yourself. Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing by yourself. You might be surprised to discover that you aren’t alone.  Or, even if you are standing alone (and in a smaller setting, you could be), you’ll know for a fact that it was your choice, so take pride in that.


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