The Power of Being Unique

I was filling out an application this morning and it asked me to describe why I was unique in 150 characters or less. Now that is a challenge. How can someone accurately narrow their uniqueness to 150 characters? Simple really. Let me show you how to do it in 5. I AM ME.

I am unique, a sheep, intimidating, scared, powerful, beautiful, flawed, and perfect in the same moment. – Kristin Cast

We are each beautifully unique and different. No one is made to be the same. Except for twins, triplets, etc. But even then, they really only look the same. No two people have the same personality. I believe that society makes it difficult for people to celebrate their uniqueness. Society dictates a standard and people feel they need to conform. So, rather than celebrating what makes us different, we are made to be more alike.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to be a certain way. Be unique. Be what you feel. – Melissa Etheridge

It is fascinating to see how afraid people are of the difficult, the foreign. We seek to find those things that imply sameness. People focus on how we are all the same beneath our skin. While that is a nice sentiment, and most certainly true, it shouldn’t be what helps us be able to relate to another. Our differences should make us curious and want to learn about someone else.

One of my closest friends is a Pakistani Muslim from Birmingham, UK. We could not be more different in so many ways. But that’s what makes it beautiful. Our religions, our sexualities, our skin colour, our ages, our ambitions, our styles, and so on. What I love most is that neither of us compromises who we are to fit into stereotypes or societal norms. We are who we are. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Being unique is never easy, and often, by the time culture catches up with you, there are only a few people who notice. – Henry Rollins

When it comes down to it, holding true to our uniqueness is not easy. It makes a person stand out, and not everyone can handle the spotlight. But we need more people who can. We need to show the world that being unique is beautiful. I saw a woman with green hair and all green clothes today whilst on lunch. Good on you. Keep being you. What about you?

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