Audrey Marois

It’s pretty hard to describe ourselves. I can say that I love to draw, I love to dance, to have fun with my friends, that my favourite colour is red and that I love sushi, but this is easy to say.... read more It’s pretty hard to describe ourselves. I can say that I love to draw, I love to dance, to have fun with my friends, that my favourite colour is red and that I love sushi, but this is easy to say. Some people think that what defines a person are his memories, his experiences, how others see him, his friends or interests, however, friends can be really different from us, our interests can change and people can have a false idea of us. We can also have bad experiences and sometimes we react in a way we wouldn’t have wanted to. So, how can we describe ourselves? We can say that people cannot define themselves with their preferences, but maybe more with important events of their lives, with the way they interact with others and how they make choices, but in general, people get an idea of you just by watching your clothing style or if you look great or not. We easily judge others in our everyday life. Generally we aren’t doing that deliberately. It’s a normal reaction to look somebody and form an opinion of him. Unfortunately, we often stay on this idea and we don’t approach the person if we have a bad idea of him. We’re hiding behind prejudices and stereotypes. For example, if we see someone dressed normally, with good clothes, and you see him with a little blue paper because he’s on welfare. Because the person seams normal, you can think he abuses the system and he doesn’t really need this help. It can be true, but you can be totally wrong. Maybe this person is really in need and maybe he cannot live without this help. Also, if someone looks cold and unsympathetic for you (but you don’t really know because you never talked to him) you will not be tempted to approach him and it can be a mistake. This person may be a really nice person with whom you have a lot in common. This kind of prejudices can also lead someone to act differently. Some people want to be like models or celebrities, but everybody is different and they cannot be like them. These days, a lot of young men feel pressured to be muscular. It’s not necessarily a bad idea to do that, but if nobody was training in a gym, men who train would probably be fewer. We follow fashion, opinions others have, stars on TV, but we have to believe in ourselves. It’s not what others think about you that make who you are, but how you react to what’s happening in your life and how you try to stay yourself despite the influence of media, movies, TV, social pressure and stereotypes. Just be yourself and I will take my hat off for you.

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