Flying solo

’tis not always in your face
oft it is subtle
camouflaged in persuasion
sometimes a veiled threat
the pressure to be a part of the herd;
elite or otherwise
you know it is not right
but you give in
to blend in
to belong

’tis gaslighting by another name
breaking their rules
not toeing their line
seems more sacrilegious
than any other wrong
you know it is wrong
yet you give in
to blend in
to belong

And then comes a time you realise
you are an individual
an outsider in a sea of conformity
sometimes an outlier; which is okay
doing your own thing
doing what your heart desires
and you stand your ground
no longer giving in
no longer trying to blend in
no longer trying to belong
finally free to fly solo.

Written for dVerse poetics. Today’s host, Sanaa, says: For Today’s Poetics, I want you all to think along the lines of Peer Pressure.

44 thoughts on “Flying solo

  1. Love it!
    But I have to admit that I have not felt the need to bend my personal values or rules in order to blend…being the rebel that you know I was.
    Have been blessed that I have people around me who love me for the crazy person I am πŸ™‚

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  2. This is absolutely stunning work done, Punam! I especially resonate with; β€œβ€™tis gaslighting by another name/breaking their rules/not toeing their line/seems more sacrilegious than any other wrong.” Yes! Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt ❀️❀️❀️

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  3. This is beautiful poem Punam…but i say i have never been in a position where i felt the need to bend down or change a part or something about me just to fit it.

    Sadly though our young ones today are mostly affected by peer pressure.

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  4. Awesome poem! You have shone a light on a reality for so many! I was always the outlier but I was luck to have found my “tribe” – a group of friends whose only point in common was that we existed outside the “popular” crowd. I count myself lucky!!

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  5. This is a beautiful and moving message. Love the turn from just giving in, wanting to blend in, then holding your ground and flying solo. I wish you a good week!

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  6. I agree with your well expressed sentiment as long as it recognises we also need to work together toward building stable societies such that individuality can flourish.

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  7. I guess I got what I was looking for, this post resonates with me πŸ’―πŸ‘Œ I recently made changes to my life and started flying solo. What happens is that most people are gonna get jealous of you. But you know what’s the good part? You become more happier, fulfilled and you’ll find your passion much sooner.
    Thanks for the message and hope we keep flying solo.

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