Guest Post by Hailey.
You walk into a place as a girl, people direct their attention at you because of what you are putting on. Your look appears ‘emo-goth’. You ride around on a Swegway hoverboard. Teachers perceive you to be a trouble maker. Everyone tends not to be interested in walking up to say hi, but that doesn’t bother you – you are confident of who you are.
The reason for your mode of dressing is best known to you, you feel comfortable with that dressing pattern. Not that you worship the devil or that sort, you are simply being who you love to be. You do not think twice about reflecting who you really are. This sort of girl, people should learn to accept her dress code and understand the uniqueness she possesses.
On a daily basis, people judge the teenagers’ appearance and manner of dressing. The different phrases used in describing them include jock, prep, punk, emo, dork, goth as well as the herd. Treating someone that way even if they are geeks that repair computers isn’t really right, a lot of my friends are described by those phrases. I really do not indulge in judging people that way; however, I end up being snared in this offense often.
In fact, the truth is this; people use those phrases (goth, emo and dork girl) when referring to me. Well, none of those things are applicable to my persona – I’m just a unique person. What matters to me is that I’m just being myself. Back in those days when I started school as a little girl, your looks and what you put on was no issue. Most of my friends then are not my friends right now, and a lot of them do not remember again who I am.
To people, I’m a shadow whom they do not care to give attention, yet I have friends. The things we do appear crazy, and people tend to perceive us in a funny way. On our own part, we had no intention of attracting attention when we do those things. We are only boldly reflecting the ‘real us’.
How would you feel to be treated as if you do not count? I’m sure it will hurt you badly. So why do you treat others that way? I’m making a firm decision to stop judging people, by the way they look. Experience has taught me that even the ones you call preps are quite nice if you get closer to them. Don’t see jocks as dumb people. Even the dorks are people of great fun. The emos will stun you with their sweetness when you get to know them better. Is it necessary that you care how people dress or look? They are only reflecting their own unique personalities and are just like anyone of us. So why treat them as something detestable? We all tend to be guilty of this act.
It’s only sensible that you ponder on this and review the way you perceive and judge people.