What makes us choose to conform to societies norms?
What makes us let go of or hide certain aspects of who we are? Why do we feel a sense of shame for not fitting in?
I consider how societal messages and conditioning are unconsciously passed on through the generations. How compliance to norms is subtly taught throughout childhood so that we become conditioned to unquestionably follow norms. I think about how those teachings from our early life, continually show up in our adult life. We are wired for connection and belonging and it is the fear of not belonging that results in our blind metamorphasis into whatever it is we need to enbody in order to find acceptance and feel valued or loved.
We internalise so much and turn it into what we believe to be normal.
How much of ourselves do we surrender in the pursuit of acceptance.
This is an invitation to reflect on the power dynamics that shape our understanding of ourselves and others. An invitation to challenge the stereotypes and expectations we have and to envision new possibilities for how we see ourselves.