If you had a bright future in mind, no doubt it made you stick to your guns, values, and ethics. And whether you had ambitions to be a law unto yourself, everybody can feel that life, eventually, gets in the way. It’s hard to stick to your roots, especially if you have a punk sensibility.
In the original sense, that idea of punk stuck it to authority and freedom in the most liberal; the reason was a seismic shock in social circles back in the late 70s. And it can be hard to try and embody this attitude when we’ve got to pay the bills. So what can we do to stick to these roots even though we are being told to “conform?”
Choose Career Paths That Spark Your Passions
If you think that to go against the grain, you have to choose a very leftfield career, think again! It’s important to remember that you can incorporate so much of your passion into a career choice that seems somewhat strait-laced. If you desire to defend the choices of minority groups, the career routes are almost endless. There is, of course, the opportunity to work for charities, but there are so many immigration lawyers out there too. Law isn’t necessarily a logical career path for someone who wants to remain punk to their core, but it’s a career choice that provokes honesty.
Stop Exposing Yourself to Counterproductive Content
Suppose you have particular passions, but you feel the threat of modernity creeps in, so you eventually find yourself watching soap operas and “fluffy” TV. In that case, you need to ask yourself if this is conducive to making you who you are. You’ve got to be mindful of how you spend your time, and when it comes to our roots and attitudes, we’ve got to spend our time with the right people, but we’ve also got to make sure that we are exposing ourselves to the correct type of content. For example, if you are a feminist and listen to a musical artist who frequently refers to abuse or mistreatment of women, it’s time to put that artist, or even their associates, down. It may be extreme, but allowing the minor influences into our subconscious could slowly alter our belief system.
Demonstrate Your Beliefs
Everybody has a belief system, and when we wake up in the morning, it’s important to demonstrate it. How can you implement your beliefs and values in everything you do throughout your day? It may seem almost impossible, but it’s a very life-changing attitude to have. Many people go through life allowing things to shape who they are, and we always seem to allow the negative notions to influence who we are; why don’t we use the positives for once? We all can use many things to stick to our roots, and it can be challenging to stay true to our beliefs.
If you feel there is nobody you can relate to in your life, it is harder to stand up for what you believe in. But the trick is about learning to develop that thick skin and have that courage. When you dare to live your beliefs, this is the most significant change you could ever make.