It’s okay to disagree.
One thing that people have a lot of are opinions. More often than not, opinions can be different amongst peers. These differences could range from bigger topics like; social issues and cultural phenomenons, to a simplistic admirance for a music band.
Picture this scenario:
You are having a casual conversation with your peers/friends. You ask them “have you heard about this [insert person/band of interest]?”.
They give a negative response, conveying dislike or disinterest.
“Ugh, they’re not that great.”
You find yourself agreeing with them, despite harboring feelings completely opposite to what you have just said.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? And I am certain this has happened to you in some form or the other.
Why does this happen to us?
Acceptance & Fear.
Teenage years are a sensitive stage in life. Individuals, who care about what others think and how they are perceived, fear having a different opinion. This is because we value to be accepted within our peers; a sense of belonging.
We fear judgement, rejection, and being alone. By withholding your actual opinions on matters, you have caged yourself away from individualistic freedom. In turn, this hinders self-growth and creates an unhealthy environment.
End Scene: Why having an opinion matters
Having an identity matters. It matters because having opinions shapes your character, underlying your personality and individuality.
Do not be afraid to disagree or have a different opinion, because no one should really fault you for thinking so. If they do, it is best to not associate with people, who are not mature enough to accept that their opinions/likes are not always met eye to eye.
– Charlotte T.
Food for thought:
In a world full of repercussions, how much of our opinions should we actually share?