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From Our Readers: Being Yourself—and Different—Is Okay
Just remember, there is no one better at being you than you.
ART Trixie Ison

We can't deny how much messed up the world is and how society is never pleased. In the world we're living in, why are we so afraid of being different and being ourselves in front of everybody despite the numerous quotes we read and hear every day about just being ourselves? One word: Fear. We're afraid of not being accepted by society and we fear judgement. Let's face the ugly truth, society tells us to be ourselves then they judge us.

Being yourself and being different in a world where everybody tries to fit in and blend in the crowd is not a bad thing. In fact, it is absolutely, positively okay. Being yourself and being different is not a crime. It just simply means we are all beautiful and unique in our own little way. Wouldn't it be great to stand out from a dull, colorless, and lifeless crowd? In a herd of horses, be the unicorn. In a flock of pigeons, the colorful peacock.

In a herd of horses, be the unicorn. In a flock of pigeons, the colorful peacock.

As Taylor Swift once said, "If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change." It took me years before I truly understood and learned the words by heart. Like everybody else, I tried to fit in and blend in the crowd. Once I realized how different I was, I decided to change who I was just to be accepted by the cruel cliques of the world. I did things that were peculiar and foreign to me. I lost myself and became one of society's robots. How ironic it is that I'm fond of writing essays about being ourselves yet I'm the one who changed just to impress people and just for acceptance.

Once I realized that I wasn't happy with the way I turned out, I quickly regret what I did and made a promise to myself to never change just for the welfare of others and for acceptance. Yes, I prefer books over gadgets. I learned how to embrace my weirdness and quirks. I am fond of scribing words and bringing them to life. From my own experience, I learned how to love myself. I realized that being different from the crowd wasn't so bad after all. I am who I am. God built me this way and I don't want it any other way. I'm happy with the way I am.

To all those people struggling to find their strength to show the world the real them, don't be afraid. Don't live under your fears. Just remember, there is no one better at being you than you.

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