So this week on "Glee" the theme was “original anthems,” and it got me thinking about individualism and our abilities to step out and be ourselves. Most teenagers find a need to conform to one group or another. We are told to act one way, dress this way, say these words, and if we don’t follow the rules of our group, then we aren’t accepted. High school students are obsessed with their image, whether that image is to be different or to fit in. If you think about it though, what do all these images mean? We work for 18 years to be someone who fits in, but for what? In college people change. You become a different person, and that person you were back in high school is just a distant memory.
On "Glee" they sang “Loser Like Me”where the cast sang about how what happened in high school wont matter when they are successful and living away from the stupid drama that surrounds them. Now, we pick our friends because they are the people that wont judge us. They don’t care if you’re being obnoxious or spilling your heart out, their job as a friend is to accept you. But what about all those other people? In a graduating class of 748 its easy to get lost in the need to feel accepted. My question is, what if we didn’t feel this need to be accepted? There are some people out there who truly don’t care about what other people think, but even they care a tiny bit, right? If you think about it, the rumors of who’s the biggest partier, who’s dating who, and who’s the “weirdest” won't matter in 6 years when we are out of college and living our completely separate lives. I honestly don’t think I will remember in 3 years who that girl was who stabbed me in the back or that boy who broke my heart. We have other things going for us than our labels and our drama.
So what if we were all completely comfortable with ourselves? How would the high school experience be different? What is your “original anthem”? Who are you, and what do you believe in today that will still matter to you in the future?