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A Japanese proverb says The nail that sticks out will be hammered down 5 Society tries to place many rules and restrictions on us as individuals as to what is acceptable and what is not I believe that conformity encourages mediocrity and we must decide for ourselves whether to conform to such a social decorum We are taught as soon as we are old enough to grasp the idea that it is unacceptable to be unique and that we should avoid being different At some point however we must decide within ourselves whether to spend our lives trying to be like everyone else because society says we should or living each day true to ourselves Our strength as a person is proven through what we decide EE Cummings once said To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everyone else- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and can never stop fighting 5 Although it is not always an easy choice the benefits of being true to ourselves greatly outweigh any negative aspects of choosing that path One of the most obvious advantages of being true to ourselves is that people will see us perhaps for the first time People will see what we are really like on the inside They will see our talents imperfections and values They will see what is truly important to us They will then have the opportunity to accept us on our own terms as we truly are As we work to show our true selves to others we often may discover things about ourselves that even we did not realize We all have given talents some of which we may or may not be aware When we have the courage to show who we really are our talents and values will have the opportunity to come to light Society teaches
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