As an adult, you have bills to pay, work to do, and kids to look after — tending to these responsibilities doesn’t leave you with much time to be yourself, does it?
Never be afraid to admit that you’ve lost your sense of individuality, as making this admission is the first step you need to take in your quest to reclaim it. Once you’ve accepted your reality, you then need to put the advice laid out below into practice. If you do, you’ll find yourself feeling more like ‘you’ in no time, and remember, there’s no better person for you to be than you!
Customize your appearance
One of the best things you can do to reclaim your individuality is customize your appearance. No matter what style you go for in this instance, whether you go for a look that makes you stand out or whether you go for a more understated one simply because you like it, taking this type of action will allow you to embrace your rebellious side. To the point, it will allow you to rebel against the idea that you have to conform to certain rules just because you’re now an adult, and that’ll have you feeling more like yourself in no time.
Why stop at your appearance? What’s stopping you from giving your whole life a makeover and customizing it exactly the way you want to? Whether you choose to revamp your home or whether you choose to design your own custom Defender, going all out in this instance will definitely constitute as rebelling, which will in turn help you to feel more like an individual and less like just another brick in the wall. If nothing else, customizing your life in this way will give people something to remember you by!
Never compare yourself to others
‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’ — Theodore Roosevelt.
Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of time and energy, and it will only ever see you fall into the clutches of mimicry. Quite simply, if you want to be an individual, you need to stop measuring yourself against friends, family members, and famous people, and you need to start focusing on what you can do to be you.
To stop comparing yourself to others (and stop caring about what others think, while you’re at it), you should:
- Focus on your strengths
- Embrace the fact that imperfection is okay
- Count your own blessings
- Avoid situations that trigger your urge to compare yourself to others
- Remember that everybody’s story is different
- Realize that everything might not be as it seems, and you could very well be happier than that friend of yours who has thousands in the bank
It’s natural to look back at your past-self and wonder where that bright-eyed young adult disappeared to, and it’s okay to feel like just another ‘grown up’ living and working in the well-oiled machine of today’s society. What’s not natural nor okay, however, is to take your loss of individuality laying down. You owe it to yourself to be yourself, so take the above advice and do it!
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