Read an interesting article about young women from muslim countries that still wear the hijab or head scarf in America and other countries, not because they have to but because they want to. That brought thoughts of how there is such a pressure to conform to society's standards and sometimes it's difficult to sort out your own religious feelings. I know being a member of the Mormon faith-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requires certain standards of modesty and health codes. We don't smoke, drink alcohol, coffee or tea. All of that is for a reason not just conformity but health issues. The modesty standard is also reflected in our vow of chastity before marriage and fidelity afterwards. It gives me security to have ideals to live up to. These same sentiments were reflected in the article... She says her decision to honor her faith is already paying off. "It really feels good," she says. "It felt like I was missing something and now I'm complete. I finally understand my purpose."
In what ways are you DIFFERENT?