Earlier today, my friend, Courtney, wrote this article about cultural rebellion. At least, that’s how I would characterize the article, which I very much enjoyed reading. My favorite part came toward the end of her post, when she asks a series of rhetorical questions about cultural expectations, all beginning with, “Who says”:
Who says …that my house has to be presentable at all times?
Who says …that my laundry has to be caught up every day …or that we couldn’t minimize it by letting every kid have 5 shirts and 3 pairs of shorts ONLY!
Who says …that I or my kids have to a have 52 different church outfits so we are wearing something different each week?
Who says …that I have to be running myself ragged from morning til night, dragging my kids behind me?
Who says …that my kids have to be involved in every extracurricular activity I can find for them to do?
Who says …that I have to wear a size less-than-12?
Who says …that my toenails have to be perfectly manicured all summer?
Who says …that my clothes have to be from somewhere other than Walmart (or Old Navy …either one).
Who says …that I HAVE to coupon to manage my pennies well?
Who says …that I have drive a car that matches everyone else?
Who says …that I have to have a house that is perfectly decorated OR that it has to have a certain number of square feet?
Who says…that I have to have an updated blog at all times?
Who says ..that I have to compare myself to any of those chics on Pinterest? ..or better yet, have the creativity to do any of the stuff on there?!
The whole time I was reading this list, I was thinking, “Ooh, ooh–I wanna play!” This exercise struck me as an immensely fun game, and I thought that maybe we could play it together.
Okay, now it’s my turn:
Who says…I have to wear makeup whenever I go out (especially when my husband seems to honestly think I’m beautiful without it)?
Who says…I need more than one pair of jeans?
Who says…that it is “normal” to take a vacation every year?
Who says…the plight of the global poor is none of my business?
Who says…people shouldn’t be weird? I like weird people!
Who says…we can’t ask for (or accept) help?
Who says…Christmas should break the bank?
Who says…I shouldn’t have a chandelier in my dining room that suggests that I’m 85 years old? New ones cost money, you know!
Who says…my kids need to simultaneously participate in 17 extracurricular activities in order to become self-actualized human beings?
Who says…I need to wear earrings…or have more than one purse?
Who says…we need cable? Or more than one tv? Or a tv at all?
Who says…I shouldn’t drink 4 cups of coffee a day?
Okay, okay…doctors say that last one. Other than that, though, I stand by my questions. I would love to know who makes these rules. Well, actually, I guess I don’t really care at this point who makes them.
Because I’m tired of following them.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Do you have any “Who says?” questions to ask?