As we grow, many of us learn a set of "rules" our culture require us to abide by in order to "properly fit in" with the role prescribed to us by our gender — whether or not those narrowly defined boxes are even boundaries we're interested in existing within. You might not even realize the ways in which they might be controlling your life. As such, I would argue that there are a number of gender stereotypes to try breaking at least once. You may discover that habits and thoughts you've taken on over the years are a result of the way you've been socialized.
Breaking barriers and pushing boundaries is about more than finding yourself, although that's obviously a huge part. It's also about questioning and deconstructing the ways we've been taught to think about and value the people around us. Men, for instance, are "supposed" to be tough. They're not "supposed" to be sensitive or emotional. They should be great with tools and know how to work a grill. But these? Are all gender stereotypes. They're expectations our culture has placed on men, telling us that they should be considered the norm. Anything that strays outside of them is portrayed as a deviation from the "standard."
So, what other gender stereotypes follow us around? Here are just a handful, and why they're worth breaking at least once in your life.