Voices

“Believe you can change the world,” Her teacher told her, “And you can.”

“Look at that man!” Her friends whispered, “He thinks he can change the world on a whim! What arrogance!”

“He was a good man at the start.” The reporter said, “But he tried to change the world and it broke him.”

“Look at those people.” Her mother exclaimed, “Trying to change the world! What I wouldn’t give to be so naïve again.”

 

“Getting an education is the most important thing in the world.” Her teacher claimed, “Why? So you can get a good job, of course!”

“Getting out to the bars is the most important thing in the world.” Her friends laughed, “Why? So you can land a rich man, of course!”

“Doing everything we tell you to do is the most important thing in the world.” The reporter declared, “Why? So you can make money and spend it just as quickly!”

“Being with your family is the most important thing in the world.” Her mother stated, “Why? So you’ll be included in the will, of course!”

 

“Intelligence is the most valuable trait you can have.” The teacher announced, “Everyone knows that.”

“Intelligence? No way, having a boyfriend is the most valuable trait you can have.” Her friends gabbled, “You don’t need intelligence if you have a boyfriend.”

“A boyfriend isn’t even a trait! No being pretty is the most valuable trait you can have.” The reporter pointed out, “If you’re pretty you can have any job you want and a string of boyfriends besides.”

“Being pretty? Absolutely not!” Her mother cried, “Being yourself is the most valuable trait you can have. As long as you are yourself, everything else will fall into place.”

 

                Sometimes it feels like there’s a hundred different people telling us how we need to behave and what to do to be successful and happy. It seems like there’s a hundred different views on what makes someone a good or a bad person. And a lot of the sources seem to contradict themselves in short order. Be confident, but not arrogant. Also be modest, but not meek. Stand up for what you believe in, but don’t be a bully. How can anyone be so many things, but not be so many other things at the same time? It’s enough to make a person’s head spin! I stand by being who you are for my maxim for life, but sometimes it seems like my strength today is my flaw tomorrow. Our society is confusing.

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About jessicanix

I am a college student that loves everything about the written word. Stories and poetry are my mediums of choice and, with a little luck, I can show you why. Come visit me at Shadowed in Moonlight.

Posted on April 11, 2013, in Midnight Ramblings, Wildfire and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Yes shut them out and just make your own decisions! xx

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    How can someone be so many things is just exactly ‘it’. That’s why ‘be yourself’ – your self through each and every facet of what you must face/do etc – is the best advice ever, I reckon. Love this vent! 🙂

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