Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
Well, I'm just about done packing to head over to Piedmont tomorrow. I'm very excited about the move, and am just very ready to start this new chapter in my life. I came across this quote by Mark Twain earlier today and it really got me thinking about where I am in my life. Although I think it is healthy to be in the know with many cultural norms so you don't face too much stress in your life, I also think it is vital for someone to understand who they are as a person and really follow this drive without stopping yourself and pausing your desires in order to fit into society. Don't get me wrong, a support system will help you through so many challenges in your life and you should never give this up, but also don't forfeit who you are as a person in order to gain that system. I promise there are people out there who are just like you and will get you where you need to be on your own terms, you just need to find them first.
Sometimes it is just the smallest things that people do in order to fit in, that they don't even recognize that they are doing it. For example, it is the social norm to broadcast your triumphs and when you don't feel like you are at 100%, we put on masks in order to continue with your day as if nothing is getting you down. Now the last thing I am telling you is to be a downer and never show a smile at all, but I am asking why is it so bad for us to show our real selves from time to time? There are so many filters placed on social media pictures and videos, why should we also attempt to filter our emotions as if it were a bad thing? I am a person who is not a two dimensional character who only displays a small variety of changes. I am a person who is very complex and should celebrate with all of these twists and turns in my life. It just makes sense.
About the video: I started following Rebecca Brown (Beckie0) on YouTube about a year ago. To this day I am still trying to figure out what attracted me to her videos in the first places, but since then, I have learned to really appreciate her vlogging and reflection on topics. Unlike so many people on the internet, she is not afraid to show every type of emotion. Whether it is being happy, sad, frightened, nervous, or confused, she has always been very REAL with her viewers and she has really served as an inspiration to me as I continue toward a possible YouTube video series. I have never met her, nor do I think I may ever meet her since she is in Europe, but I feel as if I know her. It is a very rare display of self that she shows on a weekly basis, and I always look forward to watching her videos. Here is the most recent video of hers where she talks about happiness being something you feel instead of something that you choose. For some, this video might be a bit of a downer and they don't understand my interest in this, but sometimes being able to see the negative raw emotions only makes the positive natural emotions all the more bright. Just something to think about. Goodnight all!