I’m sure we have all heard the saying ‘stick to your guns,’ or something along those lines, at one point or another. In essence, the saying suggests the importance of staying true to ourselves, whether it be a specific choice or decision in life, or perhaps something affiliated with a certain sort of relationship; romantic, familial, or friendly.
I was raised with this ideology. My dad, especially, instilled this lesson in both my sister and me from a young age, and I firmly believe it has served me well over the course of my life.
When we stay true to ourselves, in any context, it is an indication of confidence, self-trust, and individuality. Those of us who are firm in our belief or stance towards something aren’t usually bothered by the opinions of others, and furthermore, are reluctant to allow outside forces or opinions to influence how we feel about something.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are a lot of us who are easily swayed into altering our view towards something when pressured or presented with a different perspective because we fear judgment. If we don’t give in and adjust how we think or feel towards something because of someone else’s influence, we worry we will be seen in a negative way.
I am here to inform you, folks, that life is far too short to give a damn about what others may think about our opinions or beliefs on something. Why shouldn’t we be firm in how we feel about certain things? Why should we allow ourselves to be manipulated into thinking in a different way to please everyone but ourselves?
Stick to your guns, my friends. I am willing to bet that it will be more advantageous to you than it will be a hindrance.