Have you ever been afraid of standing out from the crowd? For not “fitting in” because you didn’t dress or act a certain way? Let’s talk about otherness, like difference: people who look or act different. Some differences are natural, like race, age, gender, or body size. Other tend to be a bit more personal/by choice, like hair color, attire, and beliefs. Together, these differences make us unique. It makes us who we are.
Nevertheless, we are inherently judged for these differences! We cast judgement upon others, as well as judge and label ourselves, according to these “differences.”
…You following me so far? Good.
THIS IS A PROBLEM!!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Every body is beautiful. Every body is unique.
Big, small, thin, or fat, blue-eyed, brown-skinned, pink hair or whatever- you are not wrong. In fact, you’re just right, just the way you are.
Otherness is nothing new. In fact, it is precisely what makes us the who we are. We should be happy we are different, distinct. We should hold our heads high, proud to be unlike anybody else.
Why try to live up to an ideal standard or norm, when each of us has been given such a beautiful, unique body in the first place?
I understand, though, sometimes being different and embracing that which makes you you, isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to break from society’s mold and ignore the judgement. I get it!! But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible and it’s no excuse not to just be who you are.
“Don’t be ashamed of what makes you a brownie in a sea of cookies.”
-Mickey Heldmen, The Odyssey
I love this line. Maybe because I love brownies, but still, it’s a solid point.
So, heading into this week, appreciate your differences and respect others for theirs. Embody this self-acceptance within yourself and share it with the world! Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.
Dare to be the bold, brave, beautiful you. ♥