The Importance of Individuality

It seems that in our ever-adapting world, people continue to get torn down simply because of how they appear on the outside. As a result of this, we decide to hide who we truly are in order to win the approval of those who really mean the least to us. Around our friends, we act naturally; that’s how a strong friendship is formed. Yet around others, such as peers or acquaintances, we decide to wear a mask of monotony in order to conform to the status quo. I’ve always looked at it this way: One way or another, the person you are trying to impress will eventually know the real you. Take into account this cliche film scenario: A boy falls in love with the popular girl and puts on an act to appeal to her interests. In the end, she finds out who he really is and falls in love with him.

Credit to the extremely talented Matt Koskinen. Check out his  Flickr!

Credit to the extremely talented Matt Koskinen. Check out his Flickr!

Individuality or Unity? I say there’s room for both.
— Brian Celio

Now yes, obviously, not everyone is going to like you for who you are. Get over it. Everyone agrees that it's tough, but why try to win over the approval of someone who doesn’t appreciate the unique aspects of you? They don’t deserve to be deeply involved in your life if they aren’t totally infatuated with how you operate. Here’s some further inspiration. Take some time to analyze influential people. Think of your favorite artist or musician or writer. Their unique qualities are what made them so highly revered in your eyes. It is because of their unique qualities that they are able to create the art that they do. Notice my use of the word “qualities”? Let’s take a look at what that word really means. According to Dictionary.com, the word means the following: “an essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute.” Your qualities are what shape you. They are essential.

If we didn’t all possess different qualities and characteristics, there would be no art or music or anything even along those lines. Everything would be mundane and lifeless. Can you imagine how boring that would be? You are a part of this world, and you contribute to the creativity and direction in which it operates. Never change because someone who isn’t relevant in your life looks down on you for how you think, how you dress, or anything even remotely along those lines. In the song of the week (featured below), the following words are used: “Nobody thinks what you think, no one. Empathy might be on the brink of extinction. They will play a game and say they know what you're going through and I tried to come up with an artistic way to say they don't know you, and neither do I.” No one else will ever be able to truly comprehend how your mind works, so never let them judge you for how you operate. Take some time to appreciate the exclusive traits of those around you, because it will help you to understand them better and treat them with a more intimate form of respect. Everyone can bring positivity to this world in their own distinct way, including you. I think that’s a beautiful thought.
 

Don’t put others down.
Don’t let others put you down.
Be you.
Be unique.
Be happy.

- Jonah

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Also a big thanks to my brother, Micah, for helping edit!