Society can be a lot of pressure as it is similar to a circus, trying to tame wild animals and turn them into sheep. Few of the typical stupid or dumb things society imposes or condemns on us are:-
Getting a good education
According to societal norms, getting a good and formal education to be deemed worthy in society standards, means attending top schools, colleges and universities, although there is nothing wrong in gaining a good education, there should not be any pressure to learn from classrooms only. They should understand that you can gain essential characteristics, moral values, and experiences beyond the borders of a classroom by exploring, traveling and meeting other people. Equal weight should be given to out of class exposure as well. Most important of all, society will always try and tame your spirit, do not let it, do what you feel like is right and what is beneficial for you, in order for you to live a pleasant, satisfied and fulfilled life.
Having a proper job
Often, when people are young, especially at their school going age, they are filled with ridiculous ambitions and will do anything to achieve them. However, during such tender ages, teachers, parents and others who succumb to societal pressure shatter such aspirations of children and instead tell them to earn a stable living by having a proper job. We don’t need such people, but instead require talented big dreamers who go want to live a life doing something they love, even if it means living a less stable life. Tend to hold on to your dreams and pursue them no matter what.
Owning a beautiful house and other materialistic possessions
Unfortunately, today, the world is more about impressing others than pleasing yourself. Again, societal norms push people to own large homes, cars and other things as they are considered significant. However, the truth is, such materialistic possessions do not bring inner peace and satisfaction. Fact is you can be happy by having a roof above your head, displaying good characteristics such as gratitude and appreciation and pursuing meaningful goals and relationships.
Societal norms state that good people are married off at a rather early age and stick on to one such spouse, regardless of how that relationship is going whether the individuals are happy or not. Truth is it is a vague concept as society does not correctly embrace the idea of love and sex. Reality is it depends on how you feel about marriage and whether you are ready for it, or are happy living a single, tension free life.
Another rather rubbish norm portrayed by society is having children immediately after marriage. As stated earlier, it depends on the situation and comfort of the couple rather than succumbing to societal pressure for having children. The best way to deal with such stress is to stand your ground and not let such norms and age-old traditions affect you in any way. End of the day, it is about your life and not theirs.