"The weakest link in a chain is the strongest because it can break it."
-Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
Society is all about standards. Society, by definition is the "community of people living in a particular country or region and having shared customs, laws, and organizations."
Even the definition of society emphasizes how important it is to "fit in" or "be normal." I mean, what is the American Dream if not the "standard" most families in the 1950's tried to reach? Almost every decision people make are based on if it will help them attain a certain goal appearance or status.
"I'm skipping lunch, I need to wear those skinny jeans this weekend."
"I'm 35 and still haven't have kids... my life is meaningless"
"You really need to get a real job. You can't be a waitress forever."
I know I have heard similar things WAY too many times in my life. Not directed at me, or even said by me, just some things I've observed.
The pressures from the tv, the music on the radio, the models in the magazine, and even our friends and families are enough to make anyone those their mind. More than that, many of us lose ourselves. And that's not ok.
It is time for US to break the chain. Be the "weak" link. Be the one who occasionally skips the gym to spend time with family. Be the one who skips the tight, "in" jeans and proudly wears ANYTHING that makes you feel beautiful. Be the one who sometimes steps out of the timeline your peers have set in place. You don't have to be a mother by a certain age. You don't have to be married by a certain age. Be the one who works (or chooses not to) in a field that takes care of your needs but also lets you live your life. You work to live, not live to work.
I can't tell you how many people think I'm ridiculous for being vegan. I've been told I was brainwashed by liberals more times than I care to admit. But the truth is, breaking away from society's standard of normal diet took (and still takes) A LOT OF STRENGTH. I broke free of the chain of mindlessly following what others before me have done. I am my own person. You may think I'm weak and impressionable, but I know I am strong enough to change the world.