Individuality Explained

Everybody is different.  We each have our own values.  We each have our own tastes.  We each have our own preferences.

And sometimes it is not enough to “be” an individual and “have” our own preferences.  Sometimes we need to express our individuality.

The most common way people express their individuality is through fashion (and much less socially disruptive than graffiti or vandalism or public disturbances).  While following the whims of fashion is probably the way people show the most lack of individuality – everybody’s tastes changing in unison – rejecting a fashion norm or breaking out one’s own fashion trend is one of the best ways to say, “Hey, I’m me.”

My elder daughter brought this home to me a few months back when I noticed that she was no longer capable of finding two socks in her drawer that matched.  It seems that if a matching pair was found, she would hunt it to extinction.  Wearing two non-matching pairs became her small way of saying, , “Hey, I’m me” without being too disruptive to those people around her.

She kindly agreed to model some of her choices over a two-week period for this post.  As you can see, variety is not something she lacks.  If I tried mixing up my socks, chances are that nobody would know the difference.  But here the difference is plain to see.


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  1. 🙂 That;s pretty cool! It comes to mind that as a child i had more colorful clothes than today, what happened to the adventure spirit? hm…i think that it has become conservative, now i do care what other say 🙁

  2. Being free and able to express yourself is part of our individuality. There’s a certain age period when we are able to think and make our own decisions but we are not old enough to be trapped by the rules of the dull society. In this rebellious state we want to break these rules, to be and think different, to question everything and reinvent the world we live in. We are full of energy and want to show it by every means: from the way we dress to the music we listen. We are against conservatism and we hate obeying. Why should we become a boring adult, working a boring 9 to 5 job, killed by routine? We want to make a difference, change the people around us, move the mountains! We like to dream and plan our future and if we are able to keep this state of mind and energy level for as long as we can we will achieve our goals.
    Keep your mind open and you can learn a lot from a child,
    Dan from pencilonpaper

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