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I Refuse to Conform

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    Experience, Acceptance, And Non-conformity

    Life is a journey of self-discovery. In our youngest years, all we can do is absorb the parts of the world to which we are exposed and try and make sense of it.  But as we digest the world, we often break from the Zen path and categorize it into:  things we identify with...
    Freedomofexpression Freedomofexpression 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 20, 2012

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    Are You Really Non-Conformist? Or Are You Full Of It?

    Here is a quick link to my own account as to why I tried to oppose conformity. EP Link Well, first of all, I'd like to point out that alot of people tend to say they don't conform just to look interesting, to try and give themselves an indentity, or to try and use it for...
    Jiemusu Jiemusu 22-25, M 5 Responses Aug 30, 2010

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    Conforming

    I see people here writing, I try to be as non conformist or as individual as possible. I don't try, I just happen to be this way. If for one day I could be like everyone else and be able to enjoy things I would be so happy. I feel alone in the world too often, and it scares me...
    StuckWithTheVicious StuckWithTheVicious 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 8, 2012

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    Habit of a Lifetime

    Always have, always will. I could've made things much easier by just letting go of my self. I just value my self too highly.. but I like me and i want to keep me. I own me so get lost! hehe.
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 25, 2009

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    My Ex Boss Would Be Pleased At the Logo...

    I used to work for MM in the late 90s. :) His philosophy is all about being proud of who you are. I can't say I refuse to conform to everything, though. A sense of etiquette and respect is nice. I know how to say "**** Off" with aplomb. *beam*
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 9 Responses Mar 28, 2009

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    My Insight Into Giving/Not Giving Into Conformity

    None of us are non-conformists. Take the time to read my first story for this experience, that serves as a part one to this.  EP Link    So, we all conform in some way or another, myself included (your presence on EP, joining experiences and commenting on stories...
    Jiemusu Jiemusu 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 30, 2010

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    Just leave me alone. I am content in living my

    life. I don't need people critiquing my life. Just leave me out of all your silliness. I don't want to be a part of your hopes, fears, insecurities, wishes. I am perfectly well the way i am. I have never sought and never seek anyone's help. I might be weird and strange.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 19, 2014

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    Smackhead Smackhead 70+, F May 12, 2013

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    Wait... But? Huh? I Am Conforming to Refuse to Conform?

    OH NO!  Nooooooo!   I didn't mean it !!!
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 5, 2009

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    I Have Tried

    Seriously I tried it once. Being the outcast kid wasn't getting me much female attention so I tried just being like all the other guys and actually it worked quite well. Thing is I felt like a prat, so I stopped.
    Ketsan Ketsan 31-35, M 3 Responses Oct 11, 2009

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    But Sometimes It Happens

    especially online. I blame it on my parents. It's a phenomena I've noticed with myself since our house first got the internet back in the 90's. It started with America Online. One day I found the local chat rooms were full of nothing but people trying to cyber. I think I was all...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 3, 2011

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    I am just myself. Love me

    or hate me. It doesn't Bother me either way. What category are you.... I am none lol!
    CautiousCoitus CautiousCoitus 31-35, F Mar 19, 2014

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    CBlaze22 CBlaze22 18-21 Jan 16

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    I've been thinking if it's actually possible to be "successful" in life without conforming to culture.. Do you guys know anyone that has? Preferably other than artists. ahah
    SarcasticBadger SarcasticBadger 16-17, M Jan 18

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    Dealt with this elsewhere, and laughed out loud when I saw this. To be honest, I don't refuse at all, but the thought of people getting agitated about it is amusing. To be honest...
    jumpersforgoalposts jumpersforgoalposts 51-55, M 1 Response Jan 19

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    I guess this isn't really the title I was looking for. I DON'T WANT TO, but, if someone tried, would I let them? Would I have sex before them, if there was someone I really loved...
    ThisIsJustForFun ThisIsJustForFun 13-15, F Jan 2

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    This joke is life... Made me laugh :)
    catho catho 18-21, F Jan 12

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    I hate that everyone automatically assumes im a terrible kid at my age in high school im only 16 and everyone automatically sees me as a trouble maker because of how i look. (NEWS...
    SilentPause SilentPause 18-21, M Jan 12

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    Tttt Your not vicious like those women What's going on...
    itsjusttrashtom44 itsjusttrashtom44 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 14

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    Anyone can run away. It's super easy. Facing your problems and working through them, THAT'S what makes you strong
    RebeccaMontero RebeccaMontero 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 16

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    Garbage!!!!! Only useful thing is use it to download Chrome.
    andrewmo andrewmo 26-30, M Jan 17

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    Nope, absolutely hate it...and I rarely use the word hate. :P I don't like emotional control, mental control, physical control etc. Hate it all! I hate being boxed in. Plus I can't...
    ShakenButNotBroken ShakenButNotBroken 18-21, F Jan 17

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    I do not exercise enough. They say exercise reduces anxiety and helps fight depression. In my personal struggle with both of those issues, I have found physical activity merely...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 5 Responses Jan 18

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    Does work count? I don't want to get in trouble for downloading chrome. It actually works well on my work computer, though, which is odd.
    1forHIM 1forHIM 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 18

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    I've maybe run it four or five times in the space of the last four years or so, and even then if my computer opened it by default due to another application calling it.
    HTreaty HTreaty 41-45, M Jan 18

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    Only ever opened it 4 times (all accidents) and I immediately got a virus each time. It's too buggy & slow, I don't know why MS has kept it around so long.
    Jakd69 Jakd69 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 19

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    "nice guys finish last" is just the idea that being kind to someone will put you in the friend zone. Being nice is not what keeps one in the "friend zone". What keeps someone in...
    mic112 mic112 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    I want to chat and interact with people who are willing to show me their actual pics or Skype with me. They do not have to be explicit pics or chats, it's just that i like to put...
    srads srads 31-35, M 1 day ago

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    I am a youngish UK Methodist and often feel like the only one there is. It can be very hard and sometimes lonely but on the flip side its quite freeing as there are no peers to try...
    Piemandmu Piemandmu 31-35, M 12 hrs ago

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    What's ******* happened? I'm pretty sure not too long ago being skinny was accepted as a form of beautiful, and I lost a lot of weight to conform to this view. I'm now being...
    BluenetteDiviner BluenetteDiviner 18-21, F 8 hrs ago

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    It's not that I don't love my wife and son. I can't imagine my life without them. I still feel very confined, however, by the social and legal pressures that come with having a...
    onlymortal onlymortal 26-30, M 1 hr ago

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    Don’t think we have forgotten. Don’t think the resistance has died. We are still here, and with every breath we plot for the downfall of false order; we conspire against all...
    SuicideScout SuicideScout 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 10

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    Don’t think we have forgotten. Don’t think the resistance has died. We are still here, and with every breath we plot for the downfall of false order; we conspire against all...
    LovableRouge LovableRouge 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 16

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    Jake: [to Sister Mary Stigmata] Five grand? No problem, we'll have it for you in the morning. Let's go, Elwood. Sister Mary Stigmata: No, no! I will not take your filthy stolen...
    timothyc31 timothyc31 41-45, M 13 hrs ago

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    One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life, That word is Love ! Only love let's us see normal things In an extraordinary way. Love is not a matter of counting...
    rogi4u rogi4u 36-40, M 13 hrs ago

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    my ex-boyfriend dumped me 8 months ago after I caught him of having an affair with someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with...
    frednard33 frednard33 22-25, M 10 hrs ago

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    I absolutely refuse to take any type of medicine. It's not a religious thing it's just I believe that if I am gonna be sick then so be it.
    Annabeth11 Annabeth11 13-15, F 7 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    Because I refuse to tell a woman what to do with her body. Because I base everything on fact, not opinions. Because I do not support pro life propaganda. Because it is non of my...
    Singlemother78 Singlemother78 31-35, F 5 hrs ago

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    I'm so sad that my marriage has turned into a lonely void. This is not my first rodeo. I'm 68 and married my husband 10 years ago after the breakup of my 28 year marriage. The...
    Sosad2015 Sosad2015 66-70, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    My six month anniversary today, not a puff on a cigarette since July 31. After vaping for almost 2 months, dual use, that was the day I decided that the only way to quit was to...
    beachguy1056 beachguy1056 56-60, M 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    Religion is bad inasmuch as it refuses to admit its decisiveness among souls and omits compassion and unity amongst all.
    Sezom Sezom 36-40, M 3 hrs ago

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    A few years ago, even though only being in my 40s I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. I had to endure a complete prostatectomy which left me unable to have sex. My...
    gandjen gandjen 51-55, M 2 hrs ago

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    I really do. My body has been nothing but trouble my entire life. Being of Jewish descent I have several major genetic problems that embarrass me to no end, making it impossible...
    dharmafox dharmafox 36-40, M 1 hr ago

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    I'm 17 years old and I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant right before Christmas, December 23, 2014. My boyfriend who is 17 also and I were planning on keeping the baby. We weren't...
    elizabeth97wallace elizabeth97wallace 16-17, M 1 hr ago

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    Not hate but I dislike them at times. My parents always told me they're "troublemakers" which I do believe is true because most of them are known for being violent.. Sorry if I...
    CalderReed CalderReed 13-15, M 3 Responses 26 mins ago

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    {Your provider’s message and info charges could use to text messages. You aren't required to conform to get textual content messages being a affliction of working with...
    Matthis936h6fu1 Matthis936h6fu1 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 2

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