--'I think the greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves.' - Neil deGrasse Tyson -College was a rather strange topic I had to tackle the last few months. Being an introvert, my skills of observing are the only bit of talent I reserve in me. Therefore, I got to see and understand a vast group of people doing a variety of different things. It was a mass experiment; a personality trial. I was also seeing drastic changes in personality, extroverts reducing to introverts, soft spoken people being hydrolyzed to vocal souls. It was beautiful, but it led to this thought process on 'change' and what and where exactly was the thin line between this parameter being accepted as healthy or unhealthy? Change is such an unbounded term- but you can classify it based on the output it has- a positive or negative output. But for instance, you look around and see everyone doing something that you're not remotely interested in but you do it anyway- it may lead to you entering a new friend circle but is it really necessary- this is the question to be posed and looked into. If the output of a change is positive, but it's not really required, then is it really healthy? Upon careful consideration of all the values provided in this equation, to me at least, it seems as if this aspect of change remains futile. If you're doing alright and are satisfied with yourself, I don't see the point in going an extra mile to cause a mutation just because your external environment taunts you to do so. Change, when related to personality becomes an extremely sensitive classification. But there should be a rule, something along the lines of 'change should be accepted by you rather than being validated from others'. If you think that you want to wear a bun in class instead of leaving your hair open, do what makes you comfortable. You do you, you are your responsibility, you come up for air when you want to. You are your flaws and perfections.
It's a basic venn diagram, 3 circles labeled 'change', 'comfort' and 'independence'. Make sure you stand where all three intersect .
Be yourself, you probably are the only prototype left.