Ellie shares why she thinks it's to why it's good to be different, inspired by the NoMatterNeverMind blog.
Why being different is a good thing...
- It allows you to be true to yourself. Life will always throw situations at you that will show who you really are to the world and living in this judgmental society, it is horrible when someone acts fake just to fit in.
- It is a lot less stress. If you have tried to act differently, you know it is stressful to be someone else. The anxiety of it, when people might find out after just one move and have to think of believable answers. It is all nerve wracking! Try and not lie about yourself and just be completely yourself.
- You develop true and lasting relationships. The people who have known you the longest and knows the real you will not be surprised but those however who don’t know the real you and won’t look at you the same way again. The relationships you make with the people who know the real you will stick with you through thick and thin because they know who you really are and they love you for being you.
- It helps increase self-esteem. When you have finally discover your true self and it’s enough and not trying to be someone else that people want you to be, it will be more beneficial to you. There will be people who will want to be friends with you for who you are but there are people who just want to be friends with you because of your talent. Your opinions count if you want to be friends with them or not and you don’t need to listen to anyone else’s expectations. You should be proud of who you are.
- It prepares you for greater success. No place in a work place want the same type of people. People don’t want a brainstorming session where they all have the same ideas. Also, people don’t want a writer who writes book like previous books and people don’t want artists to make the same paintings as old paintings that are successful. Every wonderful idea has been different, new or an original idea of their own.
- You have the power to say no when you want. The fear of being dislike and to be considered different is scary and it can lead to people making decisions that they wouldn’t usually do. Pushing teenagers for peer pressure to try drugs for example is perhaps one of the biggest example of this. You have the power to say no to things that you don’t want to do.
- You will have fewer regrets. When making decisions on what you would want to do, then they will be the ones that you least regret. When looking back at these memories, even if you failed at it, you know you did the best you could and won’t ask the question to yourself ‘what if’ I did this. If you live the way you want to and being true to yourself is the best cure to any possible self-pity or regret that at some point in your life might direct you later on in life.
- Last but not least you are an inspiration to all of us. I use to think different was bad because I am different to everyone else but I realised being different is good because I am being myself and I wouldn’t want to change myself. But isn’t every one of us different after all.
by Ellie Prouse