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Please Don’t Auto-Correct Me!

When you’re typing something on your phone and it decides on all its smart wisdom to auto-correct your words based on its in-built predictions, it can be a little irritating, right? Although your phone meant well (to make your life easier), you can’t help but tell it to mind its business and just follow your typing orders. Sometimes, we type so fast and tap ‘send’ before realizing that your device has sent a totally different message thanks to its auto-correct feature. Then we have to apologize and blame it on the phone for the misplaced message. How many people can relate?

Growing up, most people have an idea of what they want to become in future. Sometimes, the people who hear us talking of our dreams try to auto-correct us as if we do not know exactly what we are saying. Like the smartphone, they think they can predict what is on our minds and tell us what we ‘think’ we want. So not funny.

It is complimentary when someone close to you can complete your thoughts by finishing your sentences just the way you would have. But when the prediction misses the mark and fails again after a second try, one must learn to keep quiet and hear from the horse’s own mouth.

Sometimes, people’s expectations of you can contrast with your passion and instead of admitting they guessed wrong, they insist that their assumptions are what should be; and your dream not realistic enough. How do you work around that? At least with the phone, you can turn off the auto-correct feature. How do you make your point without making the other party feel offended?

Society expects its members to take on certain careers, get married at a certain age and to a particular caliber of persons; to become ‘successful’ by a certain age and when you defy them, interventions are made to bring you to ‘order’.

But the same way everyone’s DNA is different and it is universally accepted, it is about time people also accepted that not everyone will follow the status quo. Some people were born to be ‘divergent’. It might be a bitter pill to swallow and it’s okay. Give them all the time so it would sink in.

Find your passion and pursue it with all you’ve got. And when you sense you’re about to be auto-corrected, politely let them know you are one of a kind. You have a dream and you’ll follow it with or without their support. Stand up for yourself, Divergents!

 

Josephine Amoako