It’s become something of a cliche these days to talk about the fact that we are all totally unique individuals. It’s something we’re all taught from an incredibly young age and it gets to the point where it almost becomes a joke. After all, when you get into adult life it starts to feel like your parents might have been overselling just how special you were. But here’s the thing: it might be a cliche, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not true. The truth is that there is no set way to be a person and all of us have different ways of expressing that. The problem is that many of us find ourselves feeling as though we need to avoid expressing our individuality in order to fit in, whether that’s at work, with friends, or just out in public. However, that’s not the way that things need to be. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can start expressing yourself in every aspect of your life both big and small.
A lot of us have kind of odd relationship with our cars. For many people, cars are little more than a way to get from A to B but for a whole lot more it ends up being more than that. Sure, it is the thing that you use to get around but it also represents a whole lot more than that. It represents freedom and independence and the ability to take control of your life. Because of that, it’s hardly surprising that a lot of people choose to express themselves through their ride. There are plenty of ways you can do this, the first and most obvious is simply through what kind of car you’re driving in the first place. Driving around in a perfectly restored muscle car from the seventies is going to give off a very different vibe than if you were driving around in something brand new. Not to mention that different brands have very different styles that express very different things about their drivers. Not only that but things like prestige private number plates let you make your car completely personal to you. A prestige plate makes an incredibly clear statement to the world and makes an amazing way to express yourself.
Another common way to be able to express yourself is through the way that you look. Do you ever see someone walking down the street and it all just works? A lot of the time the truth behind that is simply that they have found a style that they want and they feel comfortable with it. If you’ve never really given much thought to things like fashion, why not just start by looking at styles that you like and figure out what it is about them that appeals to you. Then, rather than just copying those different styles, why not put different things together into a style that’s totally unique and expresses something specific about you. The next thing that you need to make sure to do is to be as confident in your style as possible. If you’re walking around as though you’re apologising for your style then it’s never going to have the impact that you really want it to.
Do you ever walk into someone’s home and it just feels kind of lifeless? As though you’ve just walked into an Ikea showroom? A lot of the time this is because they haven’t taken the time to express anything about themselves in their home. Your home is an incredibly important place for you and your family and one of the best things that you can do to really make the most of it is to make it as personal as possible. From simple things like hanging up pictures of yourself, your family, and your friends, to more complicated things like creating a clear and consistent style throughout the entire house while also giving each room its own distinct character. There’s plenty of great interior design advice online and even people you can hire to help you bring your vision to life.
What are you passionate about? That might seem like an obvious question but it’s something that a lot more people struggle with than you might expect. When you get to adult life, a lot of us lose that passion for hobbies and interests that we might have had when we were younger. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t come back to those things. If you had a real passion for performing as a child, why not join a local theatre group? Or many you were a sports nut in your younger days? Join a local club or a team! After all, life is going to be so much more interesting if you’re not just stuck only dealing with your responsibilities and you actually take some time for things you enjoy!
If your career leaves you utterly unfulfilled it’s probably because it doesn’t connect your passions and interests. Why should you express yourself in every part of your life except for the one thing you spend most of your time doing? Why not think about the kinds of careers that allow you to really embrace the things that you love and the things that you’re good at? Changing careers is always scary but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the potential to be the best thing you ever did.
The truth is that the ways in which you express yourself are always going to be entirely up to you. After all, being able to express yourself is something that is incredibly personal. This is especially true if there are aspects of your culture or heritage that you might not have previously felt comfortable celebrating. It’s important to remember that you should never let anyone try to dictate to you the ways in which you should be expressing yourself. It’s your life and it’s your choice of how to express yourself and you should never, ever let anyone try to take that away from you, no matter what.
This post is a contributed post and in collaboration with Rob Taylor.