Our lives are a work of art.
Each day, a new stroke of color added upon the canvas of our lives; the bright colors representing good times and the muted colors, times of struggle. As our lives play out, the picture changes; a seamless metamorphosis into the person we are today. Our lives are a canvas, yet we treat them more like a coloring book, always careful not to slip across predetermined societal boundaries. We follow the rules and try to live up to other people’s expectations, sacrificing our identity and ignoring our authentic selves.
But our life hasn’t always been this way.
As a child, we ignored the lines in our coloring books; they presented no resistance to our crayons. We scribbled and laughed, free to create without limitation. As we got a little older, our parents taught us the “proper” coloring technique. They praised us for staying inside the lines and our desire for affirmation killed our passion. From then on we restrained our enthusiasm and creativity, coloring diligently within the lines so that we might please our parents.
This was our first lesson in conformity: stay in the lines, follow the rules.
Things haven’t changed much since that first lesson. Today we’re expected to assimilate at work and in our community. There isn’t room for creativity and individuality. We’re expected to follow the rules; go to college so that we might have a great career, settle down with a nice girl, get married and have 2.2 children.
It’s all anyone expects of you…but what if this isn’t the life you want for yourself?
It’s your life…paint your canvas however you wish. If that means stepping outside of the box to find happiness, it’s time to do it. Forget about the social expectations. You weren’t born into this world for the pleasure and satisfaction of other people. You don’t have to follow society’s rules and there’s no reason to buckle under the pressure to conform. Be yourself, do what you love, be who you want to be and find happiness in your own way. Erase the social restrictions that have been imposed upon you.
You don’t have to stay inside the lines. Live life on your own terms and by your own guiding principles. Life is too short to live according to someone else’s wishes.
“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.” ~ Henry David Thoreau