STEREOTYPES: I wanted to talk about this topic since forever. You really don’t have to fit into any stereotype. Media teaches us a lot about the culture we live in books, movies, TV shows. They form a societal lens for us to look through and we see what they create stereotypes. We’re conditioned to believe specific things about specific people based on how they look or what they believe and we often internalize these stereotypes. We think that we need to confirm by having specific interests, wearing certain clothes or being good at a particular job.
The result is that things like race, religion, gender or sexual orientation become a tool for society to trap people inside boxes with definitive labels. But the truth is that, most people aren’t clean-cut stereotypes. We’re diverse and complex individuals with varied interests skills and strengths. So we need to embrace our authentic selves instead of trying to squeeze into a box that doesn’t fit.