The older we become, the less we express the sense of liberty we were inherently born with. Have you observed how a child is fearless and has no notion of feeling awkward when they dance out of rhythm, when the sing out of tune and when they love their favourite toy from the depths of their being?
At what stage do we put up the barriers, forget the child within and set boundaries of restriction upon ourselves? I by no means am suggesting for any of us to regress. What I am asking is who says that we should be so guarded and why?
We are so caught up in what 'others' think it gets out of control. I mean really! So what if you think my hair is too frizzy and my clothes are too bright? So what if you think being a male ballet dancer is effeminate? Who cares if my musical preference doesn't match yours?
You see we tend to forget that what makes us so special is that we are individuals. We will never be the same no matter how many similarities we share. Thus, embrace the fact that you are who you are. Anyone who is not willing to accept you can take a long walk off of a short pier quite frankly.
Don't concern yourselves with people that want you to fit in to their moulds, don't convince them they are wrong in their thinking. They are entitled to their own opinions, and you are entitled not to agree.
I absolutely adore Mark Twain's poem:
“Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth.”
Be, live, breathe, and feel from the depths of your soul. You owe it to yourself and no one else. Give your all to everything you do. Love yourself more than anyone else can and will. Take pleasure in being you. What YOU do not like about yourself change, DO NOT change to be accepted by others.
Always maintain Respect for others, but above all why not show the same sense of respect for yourself. Look in the mirror with adoration, and if your spirit says to do something, do it, and do it with conviction. Give it your all, and do so to extreme.