march to (the beat of) (one's) own drum

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march to (the beat of) (one's) own 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 his own drum. Look, I respect the fact that you like to march to your own drum, but do you have to make a point of doing everything in a counter-cultural way?
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It is thus even more impressive that the Arab woman, born in a patriarchal and religious society, who still has to be mindful of, and live according to the conservatism of most, has decided to march to the beat of her own drum. And so, on this International Women's Day, we pay homage to her: The Arab woman who has defined triumph unknowingly, who saw her house torn down by conflict and yet managed to build a home in a new foreign land, who raised the doctor, the minister and the entrepreneur.
By choosing to march to the beat of her own drum, the teenage songstress manages to show what she's capable of doing, away from the financially lucrative but artistically limiting confines of a manufactured 'love team.'
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