It’s Scary to be Ordinary in a World where no one knows your Name…

My friends say that I’m strange. But in a world with 6.7 billion people and growing, do we not all just need a way to be unique? For me it’s expressing myself through my clothing and my room – visually, everything I see of ‘myself’ must be “me” otherwise I feel like my identity is non-existent. The realization of this in the form of a line from a Conor Oberst song (see title) made me wonder; is everyone the same?

Do we all just want to be more than a face in a crowd?

Of course, the answer to this is ‘yes’, but if not visually from our houses etc, then how? Sometimes when I catch a glimpse of another person’s world; their house, their history etc.; I struggle to find any trace of an ‘identity’ in the complex sense of the word. Perhaps it is just that I, as a teenager, need to establish this, whist older people have learned to purely exist on the foundations of other things? Is identity just a phase? Or, even is it merely an illusion to stop insecure people like myself from getting lost in the crowd?

What do you think?

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One response to “It’s Scary to be Ordinary in a World where no one knows your Name…

  1. You pose a lot of interesting questions here. I have to wonder the same thing! I think everyone struggles to figure out their identities and how to express them in their own unique ways, but I think it’s especially prevalent when you’re a teenager. In psychology classes, we talk a lot about Erik Erickson and his stages of development — basically, he said that each of us undergoes specific crises at different times of our lives. In the teen years, that crisis is a struggle for identity. So psychology seems to say that identity is somewhat specific to teenage years, but I’m convinced that the search for identity goes far beyond that.

    Great post :) I look forward to reading more from you!

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