I can't remember if I have talked about this before on my blog or not. Sometimes, "rebellion" is seen as a dirty word, when you talk about rebelling, people assume you are the kind of person who throws flour bombs, swears and yells at random people, doesn't take baths, that sort of thing. Well, actually, I am not quite sure what kind of thing, because I have never done any of that.
I have always basically be a goody two shoes, the rudest thing I have done in public is probably scowling at people in the street when they glared at me for wearing too much black. But neither do I conform. I have never conformed to the normal, possibly because I never really fitted in with the norm. I was always the uncool kid in school with their head in a book who didn't quite know how to interact with the others. I put on a character, and it worked for a while, but it wasn't until I finally got to go to a selective school and be with other 'nerds' that I really fitted in at all. And I am pretty sure most people there still remember me as the odd one too.
So when I say rebelling, I don't mean anything rude or violent. I mean being yourself, and even better, being charming. One of the best ways to do this is to show fine manners in public. Smile and greet people, let the old people get onto the bus before you instead of shoving on, make the small effort it takes to carry someone's bags, or compliment an awesome outfit. It will make them feel good all day.
This is one of the things I love about Steampunk. It is a polite revolution. We admire the fine manners of yesteryear, even though we see the flaws of society back then as well. We can see the best of both worlds. We may look rather odd and get stares (depending on what kind of area you live in), but we smile, and perhaps tip our hat to them.
We enjoy elegant pastimes like picnics, tea parties and tea duels. We like to meet up in places where we can chat, something which does seem to be a bit of a dying pastime. I long to have a house with a proper garden one day where I can have garden parties, and maybe even a ballroom for grand balls. Most of all, Steampunks, by and large (except for the random trolls you get in any group) seem to a very inclusive and friendly group, and a home for all those odd people like me. Rebelling against the lack of charm and manners in modern society in an elegant way.