I’m feeling really inspired right now, so deal with me.
I’ll admit, I just finished watching the new DCOM Radio Rebel, starring Debby Ryan. I don’t normally watch Disney Channel movies because
1. The plots usually are really silly
2. I don’t feel like its anything really interesting or not done before
3. And the acting is really forced sometimes
But Radio Rebel was honestly REALLY REALLY good. Its on in parts on youtube, check it out if you haven’t already. Debby Ryan was fantastic as Tara, the main character- I actually believed her transformation into her alter ego DJ/counsellor, Radio Rebel. It just showed in her whole body language- even down to the spark in her eye.
I won’t bore you with a synopsis. You can always wiki it. I wanna talk about the themes here.
The whole ‘being who you truly are’ thing really rang true when I was watching it tonight. Maybe it was the relatively high stakes posed for the main character (usually DCOMs don’t have much at stake, somehow?) but it just made me wonder, what were the limits to ‘being yourself’? And to borrow a line from the movie, ‘Do you feel like you’re seventeen people?’
We’re all people. We all have our layers, sides, facets, whatever. But why should it make us different in the way we acted towards certain people? I know I act different in front of my family, close friends, and other acquaintances, and I don’t see how that is wrong in any way.
But do I feel stifled. I feel suppressed. I feel like I don’t have a voice to tell everyone how I feel. And yes, that bugs me, because innately, I am a really frank, honest person who has to make a statement when I feel someone needs to tell the truth.
But do I always do it?
There’s the fear of rejection of course, that someone won’t agree with you (God knows HOW OFTEN that happens), that people will shun you because of your viewpoint… But should I let that affect how I want to express myself?
Some people will always be mean, and there will always be someone who doesn’t like you. You can never please everyone. No one will always agree with you, even if they don’t voice their disagreement (all the time with me).
But perhaps, its most important to be true to your morals and stand up for what is right- what you believe is right. Basically, we all have the same definition of right, right? I mean, we don’t agree that being bitchy is right, and that calling each other whores and sluts is right yeah?
A line of humanity has to be drawn somewhere.
This has nothing to do with them.
This has to do with me, and how I choose to respond and act. Because I have to do what I believe is right.
I shouldn’t ever let anyone make me feel like I’m not worthy of stating my opinion, or doing the morally upright thing, just because maybe it’ll help me fit in easier. Because if I don’t stand up for it, I can’t live with myself that way.
And perhaps, that’s how you be yourself.
You try to be as humane as you possibly can.
But of course, if your quirks don’t get in the way of being a good person, who’s stopping you?