I know it’s absolutely terrifying for a lot of us: embracing individuality… I was the kid who loved to read more than anything in the world and wore glasses… I went to 4 different elementary schools before my family settles down in one place so I have a lot of experience being the new kid. Often times we feel the need to fit in, especially in situations that are new. It feels safe to do what everyone else is doing, to say what everyone else is saying, even to wear what everyone else is wearing. For the longest time all I wanted was to be just like everyone else and I faced intense disappointment as a kid because I never was. I never said quite the right thing or dressed quite the right way… I was always just a little off.
I was made fun of once in 5th or 6th grade because I wore a sweatshirt with a unicorn on it, I freakin love unicorns and I’d wear a unicorn sweatshirt right now! My best friend and I sat down before we started middle school to discuss all the things we could and couldn’t do if we wanted to be cool and popular. I was never popular. I was never cool. I had friends and we were in marching band. But still, embracing individuality didn’t come comfortably for me.
No matter how hard I tried I could never be someone else, at least not for long. And the truth of the matter is that my time would have been much better spent being myself than trying to be someone I’m not. Being myself is still something that I struggle to embrace. If that’s something that you can relate to, check out this week’s challenge, which is all about being unique and embracing individuality
Post your unique perspective on embracing individuality and being unique on Instagram with the hashtag #juststaycuriouschallenge.