In our society and culture we have agreed upon norms and standards.

Who agreed upon them?

I didn’t. I wasn’t asked. I didn’t have a say. I wasn’t part of the majority.

I didn’t agree upon them.

I don’t always agree and align with the norms and standards.

I have my own thoughts, values, and beliefs.

Some of our ways of thinking and ways of living are outdated.

Some of these could have been agreed upon before I was born, before I was an adult, or even hundreds of years ago.

I was born into the world as it is.

I don’t have to accept it. I can challenge it.

I will stand up for what I believe and value, stick up for myself and others, and fight for what I believe to be right.

We don’t have to accept the “normal”. We don’t have to accept things the way they are. We don’t have to accept the way things have always been done. We don’t have to agree with the majority.

We have a heart. We have a mind. We have a voice. Use them.