"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after your own, but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
I've read and re-read this quote until it's meaning is perfectly clear. How many times does one conform to the world instead of staying true to themself? I sometimes think I am an oddball in an already crazed world. My thoughts and views I have about many things do not conform to many standards. I judge not a single person for having their views, thoughts, or ideas as to what they wish their life to be. I spend my days trying to be true to myself. The only time another person's opinion matters is if they are important to me. Walk on your own among the crowd. Hold true to your values, thoughts, ideas, and opinions. To fall in with the crowd because the whole believe it and you think you must also, is a grave injust to yourself. Think back on the many that have stood up to others for what they believed in, even at the cost to themselves. Can you do that? Can I?