Subtle Ways Of Breaking Societal Norms

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Subtle Ways Of Breaking Societal Norms
Image Credit: Movie - ‘Angry Indian Goddesses

Whatever you do in life, the reaction of the society is hardly ever going to be this. So you might as well do every such thing that makes you truly happy.

Being 30 And Blissfully Unmarried

Tumhara life itna kharaab nahi hoga, don’t worry. Just do what you want!
Tumhara life itna kharaab nahi hoga, don’t worry. Just do what you want!

Image Credit: Movie – Queen

The society might not get the hang of it just yet, but marriages are not meant for everyone. If you’re a member of the Single-Till-I-Die club, be proud because you chose to put yourself first than having to settle for someone and fall into the arranged marriage trap just because. Marriages are a holy institution and so, no one who is not ready for it should be pushed into it. We mean, if your path to happiness doesn’t include someone else, you don’t have to be ashamed about it. One’s life may include great many things and marriage simple isn’t one of them. Imagine the money you’d save.

Don’t Have Kids And Don’t Feel Guilty About It

This isn’t strictly for women, but especially for them. The notion that reproduction is rite of passage should be done away with. Each person born with a womb is expected to be naturally maternal. Well, the reality is far off from this. Well, one may love kids. But just for the first 30 minutes and then the child is returned to their respective parents. To have or to not have kids is an option for each individual. Popping a child of their uterus at 30 isn’t on the bucket list for each woman, and that is absolutely acceptable.

Take A Vacation All By Yourself

It’s high time you took that solo trip!
It’s high time you took that solo trip!

Image Credit: Movie – Queen

The concept of solo trips has taken off recently, especially after Kangana Ranaut’s Queen. However, it still seems not only farfetched but also delusional to the societal lens. But if you wish to go away on your own, by all means, GO! It is your hard-earned money, the experience of the trip will be yours and the thrill of exploring cities and countries is enriching for your own soul. You’re allowed to not want to share the adventure and decision-making-power. Make sure to bring back whacky stories to tell as souvenirs for the aunties of your Mohalla.

Move In With Your Partner

Live-in relationships teach you so much more than societal rules ever will.
Live-in relationships teach you so much more than societal rules ever will.

Image Credit: Movie – Pyaar Ka Punchnama

When you’re in that stage in your relationship that living with them seems like the right things to do but simultaneously, you’re not yet at that stage where you could be ready for marriage, ‘Moving in’ seems like the perfect solution. Like we said, marriage is serious business and being pushed into that wedding-well isn’t something penned on the to-do-list as of yet. Living with your partner will teach you new things about them and yourself everyday without the commitment of a marriage. After all, wouldn’t you rather know before getting married that you are to expect hair by the drain on entering the shower?

See A Therapist And Don’t Hide It

Let’s normalize therapy, okay?
Let’s normalize therapy, okay?

Image Credit: Movie – Dear Zindagi

Mental health is taboo, but should it be? If you need to seek professional help to make yourself feel better, then what is the whole sensitization around it? A brain-ka-doctor has spent a lot more on his education than the author of the “How to Not to break Down in Public” article you just found off Google. Trust that seeking professional help isn’t something to be embarrassed about and in fact, should be encouraged. Diarrhea and depression are both making patients upset on a daily basis. Why should only the treatment of the former be publically acknowledged?

Switch Careers When Most People Don’t Dare To

The next time you’re sitting at work all worked up and Googling career options, don’t shut the search bar only because ‘log kya kahenge.’ If one is meant to spend 8 hours of their day doing something, they shouldn’t be wasting their time doing something they’re not interested in. The people who will have a few words to say about this sudden change aren’t going to pay your rent, so you might as well work towards something that makes you happy on a daily basis. Feel free to take a few weeks off, relax, unwind and look for the fitting job opportunity with the right company.

Go on then! Keep breaking these societal norms. They are stupid anyway.