Saturday, March 13, 2010

Individual or One of the Crowd?

When have you gone against a trend? I’ve noticed something so prevalent today that I was just wondering – have you ever decided it would be okay to not be one of the crowd even if that made you the odd man out?

Image seems SO important today. It seems like everywhere I look people are having to watch that “in” show, wear that “in” trend, get that “in” look, read that “in” book… and on it goes. I don’t see a lot of individuality anymore. It seems as if people are trying to express their individuality by “sameness.” By being one of the crowd – one of the acceptable.

So I just pose this question for you – since when does having a different opinion or style mean you’re unacceptable?

I don’t know. I just feel like image is everything anymore. It’s almost become a priority for us. We place it up high in our lives. Whether it’s the image of our homes, what we wear, who we listen to in music, or what we watch – we just seem to have to be “in the know” or we’re laughed at, ridiculed, and looked at strangely.

I want to be thought of as “acceptable.” Of course I do. But I’m here to tell you that I’ve never watched “Lost” or “24.” I’ve only caught the “Office” once or twice. I have no desire to pierce my nose or naval and the only tattoo I plan on getting will be removable. I don’t plan on reading “the Shack” because I don’t believe it’s Biblically sound and I’ve been known to buy a shirt or two at Wal-Mart from time to time because the price fits my budget. Call me “uncool.” But I’ve never been one to wear a brand just to show off the name. If I like something – I buy it! Doesn’t matter if it’s at Kohl’s, Target, or K-Mart.

Now I’m not here to condemn those of you who do those things. I do watch “American Idol” which is a huge “trend” right now. But I do it because of my own personal enjoyment and interest not because it’s a trend or because I want to fit in. And that’s all I’m saying. That we need to truly know what we think and feel about things instead of participating simply to be part of a larger crowd.

I do care very strongly about my image. I work hard at my reputation. But I also am somewhat of a rebel. To me – edgy means bucking the system. It means saying I won’t be a part of the crowd but I will stand out from it. It means staying true to who I want to be whether or not society thinks that’s “in” at the moment.

Trends come and go. What was once “in” will someday be very “out.” I don’t plan on coming in and out with the tide but hopefully have enough of a backbone to forge my own path. And if that’s unacceptable – well then, I guess that’s okay. Because in a few years, I’ll be totally “in” and everyone else will still be trying to figure out who they are.

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