The definition of self reliance is: “reliance on one’s own powers and resources rather than those of others”. Self Reliance can mean a lot of different things to different people. Ralph Wald Emerson describes self reliance as being yourself, being unique, and having your own opinion. Being a self reliant is not something that is easy. It can be very challenging. Self reliance is an important skill to have. In Emerson “Self Reliance” we are taught to trust ourselves. Sometimes we let society tell us who we should be and we depend on what everyone else is doing round us. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world” (Emerson). This quote meaner that if you free yourself from yourself than you will be able to enjoy the world. Sometimes we let ourselves bring us down instead of other people, Just because we are scared of being Judged. Another quote from Emerson that I find important is “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion” (Emerson). This quote meaner that is easy to follow what others are doing. We live in a world where everyone finds the need to be anyone but homeless.
We follow other people example, and try to play it safe. What Emerson is trying to say that it is a lot easier to be a conformist instead of an individual, but being an individual is so much more rewarding in life. It is extremely difficult to be an individual in today’s society. With all of the social media it is hard to have your own voice and not be Judged. I feel that trying to be a teenager nowadays is really hard because we can’t be our own individuals, but we are trying to figure out who we are n this world and where we belong.
It is important to be an individual in today’s society because there are so many negative things that we are surrounded with like drugs, alcohol, self harm, and many other things. We need to be able to say no and have a voice, instead of following our peers. You can get really hurt today with all of these things, and we need to be able to stand up and make good decisions, so we don’t mess up the rest of our lives. It is difficult to make life changes such as trying to be more self reliant.
Sometimes people are scared to have their own voice because we all don’t want be shut down. I know that I am personally one of those people. A lot of people are also scared of change itself. Change can be very intimidating but it can also be a good thing. We don’t want to change who we are, but it is important to change how we express ourselves if we have a difficult time showing who we really are. To be yourself meaner to be the person you really are deep down. Not the person you pretend to be to be liked by other people.
Being yourself meaner to not care what others think and express who you are and do things that you want to do. Nothing should ever hold you back. I think that it is difficult to be yourself all the time because we tend to change who we are in different crowds of people. We might be a little crazier with our friends, quiet in school, extremely nice to people we meet for the first time, and a little more reserved around our family. It is different for everyone. I think that it is important to find people that you can be yourself with the whole time.
I tater who they are with because that can be a difficult thing to do, even though it is what we should all strive to do. To me self reliance is definitely an issue in my life. I find it hard to be myself sometimes. I do not think I am fully myself with anyone. I always hold back and I am petrified of being rejected. For me being an individual is difficult, but there have been many times recently where I have had to stand up for what I believe in. It is a lot easier to conform to the rest of the group, but when you don’t agree with the group, you have to do what you feel is right.
I feel that self reliance is something that everyone somewhere down the line has struggled with. It is sad, but we live in a world with a lot of hate. We are constantly judged, and on display for the whole world. However, if you really think about it we only live one life. Why should we go around this earth being someone we are not? God didn’t make us that way. We were all made differently so why do we feel that we have to act the same? I personally am going to try harder to be a more self reliant human being, and I think that is something that everyone should try to do.