We live in a day and age where being different is finally looked at as “cool”. I remember in the 90’s when I’d turn on TV or the radio and every song or show seemed to be screaming at me to “fit in”. Buy this and you’ll feel cool, say this and you’ll sound cool, wear this and you’ll look cool. Granted, I grew up in the 90’s so it could’ve had to do with the fact that as an adolescent I naturally wanted to fit in.
But either way, now you’ve got powerful females like Emma Watson (side note: yes, I’m a major Harry Potter fan) and Jennifer Lawrence spreaking out on feminism and global gender equality. Forget the days when famous actresses were revered solely for their good looks. These women are here with powerful messages and strong voices. And then you’ve got one of my favorites Lena Dunham with her Lenny Letter dedicated to “dismantling the patriarchy”.
Whatever the issue or industry may be: fashion or film or science or engineering or business. When is it ever the best idea to just fit in? The best and most innovative ideas are always the most different. They seek to change the world, not reinforce the status quo.
Everyone out there has unique talents, personalities, and passions to share with the world. I think it’s so important to embrace who you are. Be bold or be italic. Be whoever you want to be. I know it’s easier said than done. But if you just take the time to look around, you’ll see that now more than ever people are more open-minded to uniqueness. Quirky is in, orange is the new black, and standing out is cooler than fitting in.
I created this art print as a nice reminder to be bold or italic. Never regular. You can download it for free here. Print it out, hang it on your wall, and then go out and just do you. The world is waiting.