“Don’t pressure yourself. Don’t worry about what others think you should do or what the societal “norm” is. Do what moves you and makes you smile and the “good” will follow.”
~ Misha Collins
Since the moment that we are born, we are meant to be. We are meant to be ourselves. Why do we question who we are supposed to be? Why does society make us think that being ourselves is bad? What is the point of being some we aren’t?
The art of being is quite interesting, if you ask me. Living in a society where fitting in is the norm, being oneself is often looked down upon. One thing I’ve learned, though, in my seventeen years of living is that being weird is great. Being yourself is great.
Being someone who always wanted to fit in and be a part of the “popular crowd,” I’ve noticed that everyone acts the same. They all play some sort of sport, wear the same type of make up, and are into the same kind of guys. There’s nothing new. It’s all the same. This made me realize why I was an outcast. I had something different about me, something weird. I was the theater kid who always got As and didn’t hang out with anyone seen as “cool.” There’s nothing wrong with that, though.
Once I got into high school, I was in a place filled with outcasts. You know, the ones who dye their hair and listen to crazy heavy metal. It was also filled with amazingly smart people as well as people who generally didn’t want to be there. This school was where I found my niche. I found myself, by being myself. Not only was I able to go to college for practically nothing, I was able to find how I wanted to live my life.
At this specific school, I met my best friend of five years, my boyfriend of two and a half, and my dream of becoming a doctor. Sure, I went through an emo phase and a kpop phase, but in the end, I found myself.
My idol for being, Misha Collins (you may know him from Supernatural), is the king of being weird and embracing who he is. I admire that so much. Being someone who is so annoyingly self-conscious and aware of everything about myself, I find it completely liberating to just let go and be, which is exactly what Mr. Collins does in the public eye.
Honestly, today was the day when I figured out that being myself is absolutely perfect for who I am. There is no art of being, you just are. Liberate your soul from all the beatings it takes, whether from yourself or from society and just be.
Lots of Love,