Throughout our study on the “Great Thinkers”, we have read some very lovely and bizarre styled pieces. We have read poems by Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Holmes, Bryant, and even some Whitman. Each of their poems are filled with such meaningful advice that, us teens, can really benefit from. For example, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes in his poem, titled Self-Reliance, “Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.”
For a lot of my high school career, I didn’t want to be considered “different”. I wanted to be like everyone else, I wanted to think like everyone else, and I feel like this is still apparent in high school today. A lot of us teens are so caught up trying to impress everyone that we end up loosing sight of what really matters. What Emerson is trying to tell us is that, If we want to make something of ourselves and be a man, we mustn’t be afraid of going against what society believes. We shouldn’t be afraid to stand out and let our voices be heard. Don’t think about what everyone else is doing, think about yourself. You’re not going to be selfish for doing what you want to do. You get to chose the life you want to live, don’t live behind someone else’s shadow. As you get older, you start to realize that you can’t please everyone, and that isn’t a bad thing.