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No, I haven’t given up writing fictions. It’s just that, nowadays, I feel like writing about everything and anything; mostly about the things that inspires (or influences) me greatly. Recently, I haven’t been doing anything productive though there are few things that I would like to do like exhausting the must-watch animes’ list, updating my bookshelf, finishing the half read Cecelia Ahren’s “If you could see me now” and study accounts; however, I choose to continue doing nothing. Trust me, it’s no fun and now, even the word boredom bores me to no extent but I know that it won’t last forever. Soon, I would be forced to run behind something that I don’t even want to chase and all because the world is going after it.
I agree that earning bread is essential but it’s also necessary to choose a career that would keep us interested and doesn’t make us feel burdened. Career apart, I suppose that we have stopped thinking for ourselves when it comes to other things too because we always prefer following the crowd. We feel safe doing things that everyone does because if something goes wrong then it goes wrong for everyone; like that, we make sure that we aren’t losing anything that others haven’t lost already.
It’s not compulsory to stand out but I’m sure that we would enjoy doing things our way more than mimicking the crowd. I’m not saying that the mass could be wrong; it’s not the crowd that I am talking about but us as individuals and our decision making abilities, hence it doesn’t really matter whether others are right or wrong.
Are we so retarded that we cannot decide upon a book to read without worrying about what others are reading lately? Should I stop using Orkut just because others prefer Facebook and Twitter over it? (by the way, I do not use Orkut but my account still exist) We even made someone like Rebecca Black famous just because somebody out there told us about how bad her song was; I checked out her song too, and I agree that it was pretty bad and the lyrics silly. Poonam Pandey made use of our herd mentality and became famous overnight, didn’t she? And we already know how TV commercials exploits our herd mentality.
I believe that we should never restrict ourselves and always welcome change; however, doing something just because it’s trendy is not something that I would want to do. Firstly, I would ask myself what I really want to do and then, follow my heart, no matter what it decides for me. It’s alright if others don’t accept it and laugh at me instead. We, humans, are social beings, hence we want our society to acknowledge us but we don’t have to play sheep to get noticed. Everyone is unique and irreplaceable; why should we lose ourselves in the crowd?
When we follow the crowd, life becomes predictable but change is the only thing that’s good about this life; it makes life fun. For me, all is well as long as I am happy.