march to (one's) own beat

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march to (one's) own beat

To do something, act, or behave in a manner that does not conform to the standard, prevalent, or popular societal norm. My brother's eschewed the idea of a full-time career and has had every oddball job you could think of, but then he's always been happy marching to his own beat. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to your own beat, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
See also: beat, march, own
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FEATHERED FRIENDS: From left, Natasha Jackson, aged 10 and Nicolett Bazeley, aged nine, joined the parade dressed up as swans; BIRDS-EYE VIEW: James Pemberton makes sure grandson Dave gets a good look, while wife Patrica watches the parade with niece Lisa Oakes COSTUME DRAMA: 4th Warwick Guides designed their own imaginative costumes for the procession MARCHING ON: Young and old enjoyed watching the parade as it headed down Smith Street MAKING SWEET MUSIC: Warwick Girls' Band SAVING THE DAY: 1st Warwick St Mary's Rainbow Brownies and Guides (right) dressed up to the theme of doctors and nurses and (far right) Warwick Girls' Band march to their own beat MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Cheerleaders from Warwick Girls' Band wave their pom poms to entertain the crowd as the band play some old favourites
They march to their own beat and not to the sound of hooves on clay but Safin would be better served to concentrate on his game rather than nurturing his dark and moody side because so far the 21-year-old Russian hasn't made it beyond the second round at Wimbledon.
Many features of the Cross Bones and other Softails are reminiscent of restless riders of the past, whose defiant attitude resonates with those who march to their own beat in any generation.
Tropical fruit flavored lovers are nonconformist and love to march to their own beat.