Are you tired of being told that you and your life doesn’t fit the mould that society expects? I know that I am. Being expected to look a certain way, act a certain way; have all the same views as others; to “fit in”. I have HAD IT.
It is a pack mentality; the trouble being that the pack is far too large with too many commentators. Any individuality you possess can be crushed under the weight of it. The mob (aka Daily Mail readers and their ilk) will criticise you for any breaks of the rules that they perceive to be set in stone.
So what rules of society do I break?
- I am still single in my thirties.
- I don’t have children (nor do I want them)
- I am fat and happy.
- I don’t dress the way that many deem that I should.
- I am not afraid to say what I think when I am passionate about something.
- I have no inclination to “fit it” for the sake of it.
What society would tell me that I am, gleaned from this list is that:
- I am left on the shelf
- I’m lying to myself about not wanting children but everyone does
- I am fat and thereby it is inconceivable that I could be happy
- I am wearing clothes they don’t want to see me in
- I am too outspoken.
I don’t care.
Life is about choice, not conformity and the fact that I don’t fit into society’s little “how to be” box no longer bothers me.
My ducks will never be all lined neatly in a row. I don’t even have any damn ducks; although I do aim to dress like a peacock. My path in life is not straight and clear; it is winding with complicated intersections and although I have fallen off it at times; it has always been there to take me in another direction.
One day I would like to meet someone to share the rest of my days with, to get married and be happy. That day will either come or it won’t, but I won’t think that my life is ruined if it doesn’t happen. I am not “left on the shelf” because I was never for sale.
Today is the day that I choose to stop listening to society. I will no longer read the Daily Fail which is full of nothing but hatred, body snarking and vile views. I will no longer judge myself as society says that I should, just because I am single. I will no longer let others views affect how I lead my life nor have an impact on how happy I am.
I will skip down the path that is growing day by day under my feet. I have no idea where it leads but one thing I do know is that I am going to make damn sure that the journey is fun.