What Is Convention

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I believe convention is very simply what people around you identify as “normal”. Defying convention could simply be what makes you abnormal or “different” in people’s eyes, but since no two people are the same, I do not think that this definition gives the word “defy” enough credit. Truly defying convention is more than just not being identical to other people, but daring to be different not only in easy situations, but also in situations where defying convention may put you at odds with society, or with people you consider friends. It is times like those, when you defy convention even if it isn’t the most popular choice that set really good people apart from the regular everyday person.

I defy convention proudly everyday as I go through the hallways of my large city school with my friend Matt. It very visibly shocks people to see the captain of the varsity cheerleading team hanging out with a boy with complicated speech that is in a wheelchair. In the tenth grade I discovered a club where I met Matt and so many other people who would forever change my view of the people around me, making me a better person, and a better member of society. This club, called “Best Buddies”, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating one-to-one friendships for people with a wide range of disabilities, and Matt is a 10th grade boy with cerebral palsy. While most people just see him as ‘the boy in the wheelchair’, and someone who is “different” from what society would see as “normal”, I see him in a very different light. I see him as the guy who knows the score of every football game we play, the guy who loves to sing, the guy who loves to have fun just as much as all of us do. But most importantly, I see him as my friend, my friend who can be just a sensitive as anyone else, my friend who will listen to me when I need him to, which is a quality that isn’t always found in “normal” people. People always ask me why I talk to him so much, why I am friends with him, and if...
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