Thursday, 16 February 2012

Live your life. Don't let somebody live it for you.

Well hello there.
As a big fan of twitter, I spend alot of time on there. What I find so remarkable about it, is the amount of people who feel pressurised to look a certain way. Why?
I'm not one of these people who is religious but I believe that we were created to all be individual and unique. Magazines nowadays post pictures of stick thin models who are apparently gorgeous, which all ages can access and subconsciously promote these people as the "right" way to look. Well if I'm honest, I'd rather be wrong.
As someone who has experienced many body issues and knows many who have also, this isn't the right message we need to be giving out to people. We need to tell girls and boys alike, that it's ok to be different and that it doesn't matter what size you are, you are accepted as much as anyone else.
   This doesn't just affect weight though. Orientation is another massive issue. In today's culture, we are lucky that  different orientations are allowed. Whereas in years gone by, the thought of "coming out" would have meant probably social exclusion and death. However some issues still carry on today. Homophobic people still have similar views from those 40 years ago, they shouldn't. Yes everyone is entitled to their own opinion but since when does somebody's orientation need to affect another person? Since when did "coming out" become something which only butch girls and girly guys could do? It didn't, but that's the stereotype and anyone who doesn't fit that, is more excluded that those in it.
As a world, we are very judgemental. If someone has a disability, they get bullied by more able people. If someone is gay, they are picked on by those who find it "wrong". If someone is fat, they are bullied by those who are "stick thin".They are bullied because they have what people think is a weakness. Just because people are different to you, it doesn't mean they are weak. If anything, it means you are weak. They can quite happily get on with their life, yet you can't. You are the one with the problem, not them.
Media plays such a big part in the ideological person. But my question is: What is the ideological person? and Who decides it? Surely you can't say that the bible decided it. Most people who are homophobic, xenophobic etc are also non religious. So are they cutting their noses off to spite their face?
   Remember, if we were all the same, we would be boring. I'm proud to be different. Everyone should be, but unfortunately that is not the case.
Be who you want to be. It is your life, not somebody else's. Don't fit the mould.

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