I spent 3 years of my life living in England and, I have to say, it was absolutely EPIC. Yes, there are problems with England. The weather’s miserable, it’s cold and chavs…. But once you get past the unfortunate aspects, you realise what a great country it can be.
Let me preface this by saying, no I didn’t want to stay in England permanently – at least not at the time. Second, there’s no place like home!
England is a country that has, for the most part, worked through the idea of society imposed inhibitions. By that I mean that people will inevitably do what they want. Ultimately they do what makes them happy. Whether it be tattoo’s and piercings, partying all night and pitching up to work without any sleep. It doesn’t really matter, people are able to express themselves in any (legal and sometimes illegal) way that they want. Honestly, I think that’s absolutely fantastic!
The idea of socially imposed values may have valid points. Because in truth some social values are valid. Do not kill, no dog fighting etc… On the other hand why should a society impose ideals on those who seek to be individuals in of themselves. So long at they do not hurt anyone or anything around them then society has no right to dictate the actions of an individual. The self-righteous attitude that evokes this constricting behaviour, is the one thing that pisses me off without fail.
But I digress, at the end of the day I think people need to do whatever makes them happy. Think very carefully but, if there will be an overall positive effect on your life then go ahead. If I was to use myself as an example. I enjoy dressing up in anime cosplay. I enjoy gaming and watching anime. I have 2 tattoos and am in the process of designing my next one. I re-watch old movies and re-read books that I enjoy.
Granted my affectations are not the most risqué. But the point of this post is to inspire more people to let loose and enjoy their time. Perhaps take the oppertunity to wear a costume. Get a tattoo, or a henna if you don’t want something permanent. Rave all night and work all day. If you were born a woman in a mans’ body then go ahead and do something about it. If you want to marry your homosexual lover, go ahead and don’t forget to invite me to the wedding! I have never been to a bad party hosted by a gap person. P.S. That’s really not just a stereotype.
What I’m trying to say is, do not let the views of other impact your needs. These are the lyrics to a song called Get Loose by the Salads. It’s a great party song even though you can’t hear the words.
Come on everybody, get loose tonight.
Throw your hands in the air if yer feeling alright.
We don’t care if you stare, cuz the music is tight.
Lemme hear you say YEAH so we can do this right.
Until the next time. Have Fun!
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