The Need to Fit In
No matter what age we are we will always somehow find ourselves in a situation where we are trying to fit in with a group of people. Regardless of where we are we want to be excepted by people and have a sense of belonging. However, do we really have to dumb ourselves down to fit in?
Recently I read an article a friend sent me about how some companies are trying to send hidden messages through graphic tees for young girls. The sayings are cute, but behind them it suggest that girls don’t need to be smart they just need to be cute. For young girls that are impressionable and looking to fit in with their peers these messages can convey way more than just a cute saying.
For someone who had a hard time fitting in junior high and high school I can somewhat relate. There would be times in class when I would pretend I didn’t know the answer because I didn’t want to be the nerd in front of my classmates. One day I was talking to my grandma about school and some of the problems I was having and she said that I shouldn’t be ashamed of being smart and if I know something in class I should say it.
Since that day I’ve held onto her advice and have been speaking up. No matter if it’s in a board meeting, on a date, or in a classroom no one should dumb themselves down just to please others. Many times it’s better to be an individual that goes against the pack then to be apart of the collective.