Many people are changing their belief system to fit in with individuals they view as being trendy and popular. Society has made it acceptable for individuals to not be themselves and to form an alter ego that eventually transforms a person physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Over time an individual should seek to mature and take responsibility over the actions they choose to make in life. It is common for teenagers and young adults to change their personal beliefs to attract certain types of people into their lives. I believe some individuals become insecure and afraid at the fact that there might be people who will make negative comments about their lifestyle and instead of standing firm in what they believe in, they choose to change their morals and possess the same behavior of people who have criticized them for being different.
With the moderations of technology, social media has influenced millions of people to feel inadequate in various areas of their life due to the fact they are viewing individuals who get tons of attention on social media networks. Is it really worth the ordeal to change your way of thinking to fit in with a group of individuals who cannot accept who you truly are? I think some people give their friends or even associates to much leeway to criticize their lifestyle, especially if these groups of people do not possess the same belief system as you. It really is ridiculous that people even entertain the idea of changing themselves to be accepted by society. There are specific types people who can help you grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, but will not bash your lifestyle because they know that it is disrespectful to make comments on someone else’s life choices no matter if it is something the person really needs to hear.
I believe everyone goes through a phase in their life where they just want to be accepted by groups of individuals they might not have not ever gotten attention from earlier in their life. There is a reason why you will not mesh well with some individuals because their lifestyle is polar opposite than what yours is. Being that I am a young Christian woman, I will constantly get criticized because there are people who do not believe in God and believe that individuals in my age range should be partying and drinking. I am not going to lie and say that I have never participated in activities that are inappropriate because that would make me look like a hypocrite.
I had to come to the realization that changing my belief system to fit in with others who do not care anything about me will only hurt me in the long run. Being around people who do not practice the same things that you do will only influence you even more to consider being just like the people you surrounding yourself around. I enjoy meeting and getting the chance to interact with new people, but there are certain types of individuals I have to stay away from because some people are just too toxic and will try to make you feel bad because you choose to not participate in activities that goes against your beliefs.
It makes no sense to me that there are people who will be friends with individuals they have nothing in common with, but somehow you can call these individuals your friends, but your standards and morals are not similar whatsoever. For example, if you are an individual who does not like the party-scene and does not drink or smoke, why hang around people who do all those things you are uncomfortable with doing. There is a difference between a friend and a foe and a lot of people are making people who do not really like them their friends. A person who is always questioning your lifestyle is not your friend, but someone who wants to persuade you to change your standards to fit their lifestyle.
Society is filled with people who will trick you to believe they actually like you, but they just want to get close to you to try to tear you down. You should not have to compromise your belief system to fit in with everyone else. Don’t change your beliefs to fit in with individuals who do not even respect your lifestyle. There are plenty of people in this world who have the same beliefs as you. You probably have not found them yet because you are looking in the wrong places. Society will always make someone who has standards and morals look as though they are lame or just too old-fashioned. There is nothing wrong with having standards because it shows that you will not easily cave in into what people say about you that might come off as being judgmental and negative.