Today we’re going to talk about stereotypes. I wanted to keep it short and sweet.
Sometimes we are expected to live up to certain life expectations & stereotypes. Ah, you’re in your 20s, you should be out partying and living up life. Sweet! …Now you’re in your 30s, shouldn’t you have children by now? Are you saving for your mortgage? You should really invest.
I’m in my 30s and I love reading comics, I’m learning how to skateboard and I like to play games with my husband. Seemingly I should probably own a house by now, or at least saving for a mortgage. Instead we’re saving to travel the world. I’m giving up job stability in pursuit of my happiness and as far as I can tell, no children in sight.
We will always hear stereotypes from people that may be limited in their thinking or maybe they’re a bit scared of what they don’t understand. They can’t understand how you can beat a path for yourself and decide what is best for you. They also can’t understand why you’re not following the norms. Just because you wouldn’t colour your hair all the colours of the rainbow, doesn’t mean I won’t. Just because you think we should all be a certain shape, or colour. Doesn’t mean we are. We don’t have to be anything we don’t want to be.
Let’s not project our life expectations onto others. Let’s keep our limited stereotypes to ourselves. Instead let’s cheer each other on, let’s build each other up. Don’t be scared to try something, just because it goes against the grain. Do it anyway, if it makes you happy, do it. Let’s enjoy this life we have to lead. I have finally started to do this in recent years and I’m the happiest I have ever been.