“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
We’ve all heard it before, the old cliche of standing out, being different, don’t blend in .. I usually hate cliches but in all honesty that quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson should give you sense of individuality. I’m not going to get political or deep dive here, but on the surface there is a shit ton of pressure to look, act, dress and even feel a certain way for nearly every situation. Look, there is no handbook to the 21st century, let alone life. You make it up as you go and that’s okay. YOU decide what is best for your life, not others.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had struggles - still have struggles with this topic. I don’t fit in .. and i came to terms with that long time ago, however, I still wish I did some days. See, I was adopted .. by giants. My parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and two of my siblings are exceptionally tall (one uncle is like 6’9 and all his kid - my cousins - got the height too). I’m the small fish in the family. Probably one of the reasons I have a height complex 😂. But you know what? Its good to embrace your differences. Whether it be physical or mental differences, you need to accept them and make each a strength. Basically, own that shit and make it your calling card.
Not everyone will like it. Some will treat you differently because of it (trust me, I got some experience with this shit). They may even tell you very bluntly. Have your support network, your anchors at the ready when you need them - and talk. Talk through the nasty names they call you, the doubt in your head, the “am I doing the right thing” feelings. It’s okay, we all need that. It’s the talking and listening part that does the most healing and confidence building. It’s then we can reassure ourselves of the path that is chosen.
Never let others make you feel less because you are being WHO YOU ARE. And for love of all that is good, remember all this before you start judging or casting doubt into someone’s life. Maybe they’re just tying to be themselves in a world full of blurry expectations ...
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