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To Define is to Limit

Updated on May 11, 2017

“I like weird things. Weird may not always be good but weird is always different”- Tumblr

“People are gonna tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say, ‘No, this is who I am’ You want people to look at you differently? Make them! You want to change things, you’re gonna have to go out there and change them yourself, because there are no fairy godmothers in this world” –David H. Goodman.

Living in a world that sees everything in a drab, stereotypical black and white is unbearable. Waking up everyday to do the same old banal things a million other people do, even more so. How can anyone live like that? How can anyone live so monotonously and be fine with it? Why is everyone expected to be the same as everyone else? To this day it still frustrates me to no end that I am expected to conform to what others deemed as normal or “chic”. I want to stand out, I want people to see me, hear me, but that won’t happen if I simply follow the norm. To be able to truly leave a mark, one has to be innovative, one must be more than black or white;a splash of color in a sea of grays, one must think differently from the flock, one must be immensely determined and passionate about what she loves, but how can one become this if one’s culture is so restrictive? Don’t do this, don’t do that, fear this, fear that; it really hampers one’s creative reach. There is always that ever present fear of public backlash, of consequences, yet one must be brave and do what one wants.

Japanese myths and stories show this often enough, do what you must (or want) without fear or live with a life of regret (or rather not live cause one would’ve commited suicide already). Be different from the rest and do your best. Do or die. In the few mangas and myths that I’ve read that thought pattern often appears in the protagonist. Protagonists such as Ciel Phantomhive with his unwavering thirst for vengeance and remorseless attitude that he uttered the words “I won’t regret anything and neither will I rely on anyone for my revenge” (Kuroshitsuji, 1) ; Okumura Rin with his unrelenting desire for justice for his adoptive father “I will become the best exorcist and kick the devil’s ass!” (Ao no Exorcist, 2) ; Nine and Twelve from Zankyo no Terror with their aim to have the wrongs done to them to be acknowledged; and Lelouch from Code Geass, with his ambition to create a gentle and peaceful world for his sister which he ultimately died for saying “A life that lives without doing anything is the same as a slow death” (Code Geass R2, ep. 1). In myths, I believe Okuninushi is the one that shares this philosophy. It is most prominent in the time when Susano-wo tested him on his nerve. It was during this point that he slept with snakes, centipedes, and bees; searched for an arrow as the grass around him burned; and finally, pretended to prove his immunity to poison and escaped with his wife, making Susano-wo commend his craftiness and bless them.

All this show that to stand out, one must be confident in one’s uniqueness. One must be brave enough to stand for what they want despite of the consequences. It’s okay to be weird, strange, or queer in the sight of others, the negative opinions don’t matter. What matters is that one never lose sight of her goals or her self, and in whatever she decides to do, she must give the best she can, do whatever she wishes to do to her utmost ability. One must have the courage to face every curve that life may throw. To leave a mark one must simply burn for her passion that generations will remember her for it, one must be undefinable . Life is just too short to either live with regrets nor to stomach conventional living and frankly I don’t fancy the feeling of unfulfillment.

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