Continuing my Why I Am an Argument series, here is a joyful piece by undergraduate Summer Shepherd. This piece highlights the notion that arguments are not always about proving someone wrong or fighting to be right. While Summer definitely explains to us what she believes in, she leaves us with a smile and reminder to love big.
+++++++++++++++++An Uplifting Argument
What is it that makes you, you? It is incredibly difficult to get to the depth of this question. It is easy enough to say, “I’m tall and I have brown hair and green eyes” or “I’m athletic” or “I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida.” But those responses tell nothing of the kind of person I am. So what is it that truly makes you unique? I believe what makes a person an argument is his or her personality, his or her outlook on life, and many other characteristics that differentiate one person from another; therefore, I, too, am an argument.
My biggest argument as a person is that you can have fun without all the pressures society frequently puts on “having fun.” I have never gotten drunk, I’ve never smoked pot or weed, and I have never had sex. Society today places an enormous amount of emphasis on these activities, and can make some people feel the need to conform to these ideas. Movies and television shows sometimes go so far as to glorify these activities, making the viewer feel out of the loop if they are not participating in such actions in their regular life. But I disagree with society, and I think the person I am shows how much fun you can have without all those things.
I laugh at the smallest of things, I smile just because I’m happy (and even when I’m not), I do weird and crazy things because if I didn’t my life would be boring. My creativity has been my outlet for having fun in my life, and trying to spread joy and confidence to others. As a person I argue that just being the person you are and letting your character flow freely can create an atmosphere that allows people to experience the natural joys of life. Some people hold back who they really are, or hide parts of themselves they don’t think will make them “look cool.” Who are we trying to impress? Why do we feel like we constantly have to put on a show for everyone? People are so completely different in so many ways, and so people who share the same interests, ideas, morals and personalities will be drawn together. It’s the beauty of friendship. Happiness stems from your surroundings and what you make of them. Surround yourself with people you care about and make the best of what life throws at you and you can create happiness even in the hardest of times.
Enjoy what you just read? Support feminist teachings in the classroom and tell Summer your thoughts! Look forward to more statements of argument from my students over the next couple of weeks.
♥ Sheila M