"Conformity is the difficulty in maintaining your own belief in the face of others"- Robin Williams
Humans develop the tendency to conform to expectations about our dress, the way speak, and about our mannerism. When we conform to certain norms, who we become can be formed by what people expect of us. Our awareness of conformity can give us a power to either subvert those expectations or they know that they are trying to conform them. Part of being empathetic human beings is to conform to the actions of others such as a child imitating their mother.
The desire to make ourselves look and behave like the "so-called" norms can end up hurting your chances of happiness and being who you are truly meant to be. Our generation today is caught up in a fairy-tale where we believe that if we start acting like the expected standards, we would get excepted by society.
Who is this "society" anyways? Supposedly, it has all the power to judge the people who don't conform to it. What I mean by this is, fashion companies, photo shopped magazines, the media, they all have control over us because of the things they sell which is beauty and conformity. Society "needs" you to construct yourself into their expectations, it's the only way that society exists. We feed society with our fulfillment of their orders, we run society.
"BUT, you must trust that your beliefs are unique and your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular."- Robin Williams