FOCUS Student Magazine Focus April 2013 - Page 27

25 your identity in an environment where compliance seems to be the key. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson said once upon a long time ago, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” However, some people think there is nothing inherently wrong with being part of a herd; if you made an informed decision based on what you wanted, that’s great. But it gets a bit ridiculous when people criticize the ‘status-quo’ while espousing the virtues of their own supposedly unique life choices, when they proudly share a label describing their lifestyle with an industry and thousands of others doing exactly the same thing. Let’s say we all moved to some poor tropical country and make a living by selling e-books about moving to a poor tropical country to sell e-books. Soon enough, hundreds of kids in their early twenties would gather like lemmings to live on the beach in some poor tropical country, trying to sell e-books about writing e-books about selling e-books about living in a tropical country selling e-books. Nice work if you can pull it off, though I suspect there’s a limited market for selling e-books. My point? You don’t need to be pulled into all that craze only because everybody else has decided to do so. Sometimes Teko might dictate minimalism and ‘slow motion-ness’? So what? Go crazy, buy a motorcycle and dye your hair blue. It shouldn’t matter. We are here to develop our- selves as the persons we are meant to be, not necessarily into any of these Danish stereotypes. We wouldn’t be able to distinguish ourselves from the crowd if we all wanted the same thing in black and white. There are plenty colors in between. Just find yours and don’t let anyone, not even an institution, tell you otherwise. Nevertheless, I’ll further explore this hypothesis and report back. For now, maybe it will help a few of you out there to gain some perspective. Just remember you are awesome anyhow! Thank you for reading! Writer: Valeria Solonari Illustration: Alexei Patrascu