I found this great little manifesto on Pinterest and I immediately printed it out and stuck it up on my son’s wall. I felt that he needed to be reminded of this because he often says that he feels so different from the other kids around him. And he is different but I am proud to say that he embraces his difference rather than just following the crowd.
I think that the word rebel is perhaps a little harsh because I am sure that most of us are not rising up in opposition to the government or taking up arms.
I really like the Urban Dictionary’s definition of a rebel though:
“A rebel is a person who stands up for their own personal opinions despite what anyone else says. A true rebel stands up for what they believe is right, not against what’s right. It’s not about smoking crack, drinking till you’re rendered unconsious, or beating the crap out of anyone that crosses your path. It’s all about being an individual and refusing to follow a crowd that forces you to think the same way they do even if it means becoming an outcast to society. True rebels know who they are and do not compromise their individuality or personal opinion for anyone. They’re straightforward and honest and they will sure as hell tell it like it is.”
If this is the case then we should all be rebels because none of us was born to just follow.
Every one of us is totally unique, yet we waste so much time, energy and emotion trying to fit in.
Instead we should be working on being ourselves. We should be looking inwards rather than worrying about what other people think of us and we certainly should not be living to please anyone.
This week, go out and do something rebellious – not dangerous. Do not risk your health or safety or your job but do something that is just for you.
And while you are at it, if you celebrate Christmas, I really hope that you are at the top of your list of people that you need to buy gifts for!