Lets not always do what you’re supposed to do in 2016!
Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours to what individuals perceive is normal to their society or social group. This influence occurs in small groups and/or society as a whole, and may result from subtle unconscious influences, or direct and overt social pressure.
Ever since you were a child people have been telling you what you’re supposed to do or be doing. At age 5 you’re supposed to go to school. Then your teachers tell you that you’re supposed to know all of this information that you do not care about knowing. As life goes on the things that you’re supposed to do become bigger and more time consuming. Your time becomes consumed, by society telling you what you need to do. After spending 8 hours a day 5 days a week in school from ages 5-18, now you’re supposed to go to college, occur student loans, then get an adult job, to pay for those loans, start a 401k, get married, have a family etc. Why does that pattern constitu
These are all very common supposed to events. After years and years of doing this, you wake up one morning, stare at yourself in the mirror and realize that life has passed you by. Your youthful glow is no longer there, the full head of hair you once had may have thinned, the toned muscles that you built to impress the opposite sex are gone, and the energy you once had to chase your passions just isn’t there anymore.
As you stare back at yourself and wonder what happened, you slowly realize that you spent all of your life doing what you were told you were supposed to do. You never spent the time doing what you really wanted to be doing. Instead of being outside in nature where you truly felt happy, you slaved away in a gray box, too afraid to give up the comfortable paycheck and warm life that you lived. Everyday you thought about leaving the thing that you hated, but society stepped in and said “You’re an adult and adults are supposed to have jobs, adults are supposed to do things they don’t like, they aren’t supposed to frolic in the forest”.
As this realization hits you like a bowling ball, tears start to slowly stream down your cheek. Slumped over on the edge of your bed, weeping… As the emotion pours out of you, you slowly start to feel revitalized. For the first time in many years, you let your deepest emotions free. It’s not to late to start doing what you want to do. There is no perfect time to start chasing your dreams. Instead of trading your precious energy and soul to a job that gives you a few weeks off a year, a small bonus check and nothing else in return, chase what you are passionate about. If you worry about the money then it will never come. Worry about handling all of the happiness that doing what you want to do will bring you.
My 2016 new years resolution is to not have one, just because everyone else has one. 2016 will be my year to take steps closer to living my ideal lifestyle. What will your 2016 be the year of?