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Break the rules

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Sometimes you gotta break the rules.

“If you can’t solve a problem, it’s because you’re playing by the rules.” – Paul Arden

Sometimes following the rules may not be the best thing to do. Rules are everywhere. You can’t do this, you can’t go there, you can’t say that, etc. But why are there so many rules? If you look back through the history of mankind you will notice a pattern. All revolutions and innovations were made by individuals who didn’t follow the rules or norms.  Why do we need so many rules preventing us, holding us back? Yes, there are some rules that are important and they should be followed, but are all the rules necessary. Here’s why sometimes you have to break the rules.

The Opposition

There are always people trying to stop you. There will always be people trying to slow you down and prevent you from achieving your dreams. To break the rules you need to first understand why they are there. If they are there for a legitimate reason they need to be respected and followed, but if you realize the rules are pitted against you, break them.

In my life, I have experienced unfair rules. Rules that don’t make any sense. What I have learned is that if no one stands up to these rules, it only gets worse. Sometimes when we break the rules we can spark movements. If you think there is something wrong with the system, stand against it. Start a movement. Don’t stay silent. Voice your opinions. Be heard. Break the rules if you have to because your opinions and thoughts matter more. The opposition will always try to silence those who don’t agree. Sometimes you gotta break the opposition.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
– Dylan Thomas (Do not go gentle into that good night)
Your beliefs

In 1995 a seamstress named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. Even though Rosa Parks was breaking the rules she was doing it for what she believed. She didn’t care that the community was against her, she stood for what she believed. By doing that one-act of bravery, she sparked a revolution.

In 1930 Mahatma Gandhi led the Salt March in India. It was an act of civil disobedience to protest British rule in India. The idea was that protesters would make salt. This defied the Salt Act which prohibited Indians from collecting or selling salt. By breaking the rules, Mahatma Gandhi led the efforts for India to gain independence from Britain. 

These are all examples of how individuals, by breaking the rules, changed the world. They were following their beliefs. Beliefs matter a lot. You always need to stay true to yourself. If you are in a position where you truly believe in yourself and others don’t, then prove them wrong.  Think about it this way. If you have one thing you want to do and you believe in it, set your mind to it. Even if everyone tries to stop you, ignore them. That’s the only way anyone accomplishes anything which they believe in. It takes persistence and courage.


Rules are tricky. Sometimes they are legitimately there to protect us and sometimes they are unfair. We as a society need to stick to our beliefs. We need to go with our guts and stay true to ourselves. When we see something wrong we need to stand up for the good. That’s how revolutions begin. That’s how people change the world. You may need to break some rules, but who cares. You are doing what you believe in.

Change the world

Author: Eshan

I am Eshan Vishwakarma. A 17-year-old filmmaker, writer, and, photographer. I am interested in learning about myself, and that is what this blog is for. I write about my journeys, struggles, and aspirations. I also, occasionally, write about topics I truly believe in. Through this blog, I feel a little more connected with my true self. If you are interested, check out the blog and leave a comment if you like the stuff I write. Thank you for coming!

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