Accept it. Be proud of it. Live it. You are different from every single person out there. That’s something to celebrate! Embrace your uniqueness and be proud. It takes courage to live your truth but the nice thing is, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Be proud, hold your head high, and know deep down that You Are Different, Embrace It.
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About twenty years ago the internet began its slow march to enter our homes and change the world forever. You can now easily access information about Buddhism, African cultures, see photos from France, or talk with a Japanese comic book artist. It has allowed us to experiment with our interests, investigate, learn and share. It has allowed us to learn more about what inspires us.
Unfortunately, a less-than-ideal side effect of the connectivity takeover is that we’ve essentially created a ‘broadcast culture’. We tell everyone what we’re doing while simultaneously wanting to be accepted by all listeners. We want as many ‘likes’ as possible.
It’s as the famous Mr. Bill Cosby said: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone”.
The same applies as we decide who we want to be. If we try to be what everyone is comfortable with, and expects us to be, we will never be the Great person that we were born to be. If you embrace your unique qualities, and dare to be different, it will inevitably make some people uncomfortable. That’s fine, let them go. Don’t spend your life worrying if the new career you want to pursue, the new clothes you want to wear, or the poetry you want to write will be accepted by those around you. If someone can’t support you for being the best you, that person shouldn’t hold influence over you. Disclaimer: if someone that genuinely loves and cares about you is concerned, it is best to sit down with them and listen to what they have to say.
You are unique and special; understand that, accept it, and live it. Next March you will be one year older, you can either be that much closer to who you were born to be, or you be in the same spot you are today. The decision is entirely up to you. In my opinion, I vote that you listen to your inner voice and follow that path that makes your heart truly happy. Be the best YOU possible. Never take it for granted, it’s something to be proud of: You Are Different, Embrace It.