I've never tried to conform. Not to the norm, not to anyone. I've done everything I can to be true to myself, and not change for anyone.
My friend started psychoanalyzing me a few weeks ago (we were bored, okay?) and cam eot the conclusion that the only reason that I am the way I am (a hippie, as she put it) is because I was raised like that. I never would be the person who I am if someone hadn't told me to be it. She was wrong. I always knew to some degree who I was, and I've found things like my music, my appearance, my tastes, my politics, and my beliefs organically though my sense of self. I find it sad, really, that more people can't think like that. I don't hold it against my friend for saying it, because I could understand where she's coming from, but I just find it unfortunate that the idea of being your own person, and choosing that person for yourself is so unheard of nowadays.
Sorry, that was a little bit off topic, but I had to rant.
I know where you're coming from, ER. You just wish people were less afraid to be different. I feel the same way exactly. If more people were willing to break the status quo, then perhaps it would be less rigid, resulting in more opportunities for all.
Trouble in mind, lord I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
The sun's gonna shine in my door,
Shine in my back door someday