Out of the Box

Hey guys! I know I just posted this morning but, what can I say, I just like to talk to you. I’ve been thinking a lot and talking a lot about “thinking outside the box”. It’s come to my attention that a lot of people tend to stick to their parents beliefs and lifestyles…but I don’t really understand why.

Typically, if a child grows up in a religious household then they will carry that religion with them throughout their life. Of course, there are the random rebellious ones who become pill-heads just to prove a point..but they’re not really the people I’m referencing. Similarly, if you grow up in a “democratic” home, then you are likely to be more liberal and will share your parents opinions on politics.

Now, I’m not saying that it is wrong to share the same beliefs and thoughts as your parents. Certainly, if you love and respect your parents then it is natural to want to mimic their behavior. However, I do think that it is important to at least TRY to have your own thoughts. Consider the possibility that you may agree with a more conservative view, or question your relationship with God and read the Bible to find some answers for yourself.

Most importantly, take the time to figure out what you believe is right and wrong. Learn more about what your “gut” is telling you and how you feel towards different aspects of life. It is okay if even after all of this exploration you find yourself relating back to your parents. But it is also okay if your views differ from everyone else in your family.

I only bring this up because I know how difficult it is to have an opinion that is seen as “abnormal” by your family. It’s so hard to be respectful while still disagreeing with something that your parents or siblings say. Especially when you come from a big, very opinionated, family. It’s even more frustrating when your whole family stands on one side of the line while you’re on the other. In that case, you have no one to stand up for you and it’s hard not to become defensive.

Look, all that I am saying is that you shouldn’t be afraid to voice your opinion. In the long run, your family is going to love you even if they disagree with you. It is better to live life being honest with yourself and others, than to get to the end of your life and realize that no one truly ever knew who you were.

P.S. – Happy 7-Eleven Day! If you want to see how I celebrated, follow the link below!

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