By Selena Zhang
If I were asked to describe myself in three words, I would say, ¨I am a rebel.” Now, I may not have dyed hair, piercings, tattoos, or even much of an attitude. I’ve never had a detention, and I don’t even have the urge to set anything on fire; fortunately for you all, I appear to be an abysmal rebel. I’m a big fan of hygiene, grammar, and fire extinguishers.
A rebel does not have to be grungy, gothy, or scowly, so if you’re thinking about becoming a rebel, good news! You can still shower regularly; in fact, please do, please do. And please don’t be one of those that won’t do it, just because someone said so. That again doth not a rebel make.
Nowadays, rebellion has become commercialized. Uniqueness is a commodity, the newest elixir of immortality and a salve to our egos. We buy and sell the latest trends in nonconformity, hipster styles and faux-gothic threads. Studies have shown that the nonconformist style is in fact an established style, one spanning generations with few modifications.
In my opinion, the epitome of a true rebel is Little Miss Sunshine. She may not be Katniss, firing arrows into the face of authority, but she has something that will help her overcome any obstacle. Optimism. Optimism is the greatest defiance because it says to the world that you, and only you, are in control of how you approach the world. You are stronger than your environment; you are more than the sum of your surroundings. Other people cannot affect your happiness; not unless you let them.
Now, understandably, it’s hard to grin with glee when you’re impaled by a rhino. And if your ever-present beaming falters, that’s alright, because a name doesn’t have to be who you are at the moment. People change and evolve constantly. A name should be what you aspire to be, the anthem of your dreams. To be or to become, that is the true question. These labels are as progressive and defiant as you are and will be. So go forward, and become your own truth.
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