march to (the beat of) a different drum

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march to (the beat of) a different drum

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 the beat of a different drum. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to a different drum, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
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Amongst her discoveries is the realisation that, after her studies, she is now marching to a different drum, but not necessarily a better one.
As long as we respect each others' identity, and are aware of the cultural differences involved and refrain from petty squabbling over whose identity is best, we can carry on like Rita and be happy marching to a different drum.