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Struggles of not being enough

From the beginning of time, human beings have been classifying each other into groups. The primordial cells would only sit with other cells having the same proteins inside. So, why stop now?

The internet is full of articles about the different first world struggles such as the struggles of being basic, extra, too much, high maintenance, etc. But, I want to bring light to the group of people who have been ignored so far. What about the girls who don't drink Starbucks every morning? The girls who never have their eye liners on-fleek? What about the people who neither identify themselves as high maintenance nor do they let other people completely walk all over them? This one is for those who so far were not enough to fall into the previous categories. Hence, I have made a whole new category just for them.

Have you ever been criticised for wearing too much make-up or for not wearing enough? Have you ever been called a nerd for studying too much? A lazy slacker for not studying enough? Do your parents complain about you spending all your time in your room? Do your parents complain about you always going out? Do you think you're too clingy and people don't like you? Do you think you're too distant and you're afraid that you will never form any meaningful relationships with anyone? Have you been criticised for the way you breathe? Or, for not being able to breathe properly? If any of these questions have got you saying “yuss same,” then you're struggling for not being enough.

“But, wait. It seems like all of us have fallen into this category. How can that be?”

The thing is, from the day we are born, society ingrains into us the understanding that anyone who is even slightly different from us is doing something wrong. So, maybe the person that you're judging for sitting in the corner of a classroom and not talking to anyone is just content with himself/herself and they do not require any friends. Maybe, the person who always seems to be hanging out with their friends instead of doing anything productive is actually helping the economy by going to restaurants and increasing its business. So, instead of judging one another, we should be embracing the differences that make us unique.

The real question that you should be asking yourself is, do you think you're enough?


Tasnim Odrika is having an existential crisis at the moment and doesn't really know who she is anymore. Send her compliments at

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