Lifestyle vs Trends

There are a lot of things I see and hear for someone who is very observant. Some things I comment on and some things I don’t just because it’s not worth entertaining the ignorance. Or maybe because it just doesn’t need a response. We ought to practice the skill of “Listening to Understand” instead of “Listening only to reply”. But that’s off topic so back to the message of this blog. The topics that came to my mind today are the words “lifestyle” and “trends”.

Here is the dictionary definition of both (Think of it in the eyes of society):

Life·style
noun
the way in which a person or group lives.
“the benefits of a healthy lifestyle”
synonyms: way of life, way of living, life, situation, fate, lot; More

Trend
noun
the general course or prevailing tendency; drift: trends in the teaching of foreign languages; the trend of events.
style or vogue: the new trend in women’s apparel.

verb (used without object)
to have a general tendency, as events, conditions, etc.
to tend to take a particular direction; extend in some direction indicated.
to emerge as a popular trend; be currently popular: trending topics on the Internet; words that have trended this year.

So it seems to me that who you are is what you do and that is a lifestyle that you live no matter what. Whereas trends, are popularity phrases that people chose to follow until it’s no longer something that everyone shows interest in. Maybe your definition of the two terms are different. In my perspective, it is quite notable how many people do things just because a lot of other people are doing it.

Meanwhile, some others actually live their purpose, ideas and character as a lifestyle.

I mean, with BILLIONS of people in this world, each one is gifted with something. We were born to stand out right? Why limit yourself to trends when you can drive the world with something life changing. It’s almost like some people don’t have a mind of their own and would rather be followers (for their whole life). It’s sort of unethical…

Fitness and Health is a lifestyle, not a trend.
Having Faith in The Most High, is a lifestyle, not a trend.
Who you are inside and out, is a lifestyle, not a trend.
Natural Hair is a lifestyle, not a trend. (Oh don’t even get me started on this topic)
Your passion is a lifestyle, not a trend.
A positive movement is a lifestyle, not a trend.
Having kids and raising a family is a lifestyle, not a trend.
Marriage is a lifestyle, not a trend.
A business or any other career is a lifestyle, not a trend.
The list goes on and on and on…

These things should not to be taken as if it’s a game. People say life is a game…well I disagree on different levels. The things listed above have to be nurtured in life. We live, learn and grow through beliefs and experiences. This isn’t a game of trendsetter. Life and Death is not a game unless you have been dealing with the devil. It takes a lot of patience and discipline to live through life. Be a rebel, go against the odds and don’t ever allow yourself to be defeated. Being YOU is a lifestyle. You want to lead an idea? Have some values behind it, let it be worth something more than just a trend. Popularity/reputation will get you nowhere if it affects your character and loyalty. Come on, lets be real…

Enjoy The Sunny Weather!
~Taneshia S.

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