If no woman had stepped out of the expected normality, women’s rights would never have taken off, and society itself would’ve never progressed in general if not for those who dared to walk against the current of societal expectations placed upon them by others. Being yourself is more than just something people tell you to do to make yourself feel good about yourself, it’s an obligation to yourself, to the world even, to give every unmatchable fingerprint-like ounce of yourself you possess to society in the short time we have on this planet, to truly leave your mark, instead of spending all of that time trying to simply aspire for the average and be “just like everybody else.”
Creating your own lane in life is what will bring you true happiness, and acceptance that goes beyond your peers; it’ll feel good to be you.
Austin Czechowski is a sophomore at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk