Be a rebel with a cause

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Be a rebel with a cause

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Naseeba Saeed

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Imagine waking up one day and you’re about nine years old. And as you look around, you realize that you have a completely different family. A completely different life. You have a new identity and it’s been chosen for you. Your new family is not the same religion as you. However, they do expect you as their child to follow their religion. You are expected to follow their rules. Which means you must wear the clothes they pick for you, you must act the way they want you to, and you must believe in exactly what they do. Can you begin to image the level of frustration you must feel? But don’t forget, you’re only 9 years old, so you have nowhere to go. Lucky for you it’s just a dream, but for many people that nightmare, is a reality.

Think to yourself, do you even remember who you were before your parents told you who you should be? Before the world told you how you should act? Society has been telling you who you should be from the time you were a baby, but did you ever feel like you just didn’t fit in? I’m here to tell you that you were never meant to fit in because you were born to be free and ever since the day you were born that was taken away from you. Our entire lives, everything is chosen for us. From our names, to where we live, to the school we go to, and even to the clothes we are allowed to wear. From the time we were born, we were told to follow the rules. But I’m here to challenge your belief system. We need more people to break the rules. We need to stop telling people what to think, and instead teach them how to think. Ask yourself would you be exactly who you are today if you were born into a different family with different views? Chances are, most of us wouldn’t. At one point in our life, we have all questioned something and then done it anyway because challenging it would cause too much chaos. But what our society needs is more people who think differently, not more people who think the same. We are conditioned by society to accept cultural norms and social customs, but we need people who challenge those belief systems. We need more people with the creativity of Steve Jobs, the bravery of Martin Luther King Junior, and the courage of Malala Yousafzai.

Every free thinker in our society has been a rebel with a cause. And that’s what we all need to be. Being a rebel with a cause means to not be afraid to disagree with something that everyone around you believes in. We need to stop worrying so much about the rules, and embrace our curiosity. Throughout history laws have always been broken to facilitate change. It’s not going to be easy, but it starts with understanding that no one can control the way you think and who you are. If we were meant to be controlled by someone, then we would come with a remote controller and a box of instructions like IKEA furniture. But we didn’t, we were born with a brilliant mind and it would be a shame if we didn’t use it. When we were kids we had the most creative imagination and questioned everything. I remember asking my mom why the sky was blue. I remember she told me because that’s the way God made it. And then I remember thinking I wonder why he picked blue? Kids have the best imagination and the older they get, the more they experience pressure to conform.

Around the world, it’s a crime to be different. In many countries you can be killed for being gay, hanged for being an atheist, and jailed for disagreeing with the government. If you ever want to know who controls you, just think of who you are not allowed to question. I don’t want to tell you what you should think, you have enough people telling you that already. You should think for yourself. Question everything and stand up for something. It’s easy to follow the rules, but it’s harder to break free. If you just accept everything for the way that is, then how do you know who you really are? Don’t live the life that you were given, make a life for yourself. Be a rebel with a cause. And always remember that you were born to be free, don’t ever let anyone cage you.