Thoughtbar: A Love Letter to Individuality
I think one of the effects of this over-sharing culture is that we now have to make a conscious effort to embrace what makes us unique. It's easy to lose sight of the value in our characteristics that go against the norm because we’re hounded by messages that serve to illustrate what is desirable.
Globalisation has created a more focused ideal, where aspirations are more singular. Even though it’s the individual perspectives, abilities, and even appearances that challenges the world, promotes diversity, and enables personal success.
But we all have the freedom to write our own narrative. Imagine a world without overbearing ideology, trends, and sly marketing tactics. How would your goals change? What would you wear? Who would you love?
The only thing that truly sets us apart is our individuality. It’s not how much money you make or how traditionally successful your life is - it’s the scope of your experiences that makes you compelling. And it’s the physical attributes that you’re born with that make you beautiful. No one has ever been, or will ever be, uniquely you.
We’re all impressionable and get sucked into this menagerie of the ideal. Truly exceptional people are those who know and understand what makes them special and puts that to good use. I hope to be one of those people someday.
I think I’ve given up on trying to make this post not sound zealously sentimental – but I think it’s good to remind ourselves of these sappy facts from time to time.