Happy Labor Day to all those who have the day off :)
Growing up I always felt a little different from my friends. I now say I have a lot of “unique” qualities, but when I was younger, I did not see them as unique. I saw them as an annoyance and a stigma to an otherwise “normal” life.
For example, I moved a few times so I was always the new girl at school. I have a later birthday than my friends so I was by far the last to turn double digits (the big 1-0), get my license, and turn 18. I ran cross-country, which is an awesome sport but not the most popular to join in high school. I’m an introvert in a world filled with loud extroverts. Then to add-on the celiac disease thing…well, I felt really different from my peers.
Last night I arrived at church a few minutes early so I had extra time to think things through (FYI my religion is a huge part of my life but, like politics, it’s something you just don’t talk about…unless you want to debate). I looked around and noticed only a handful of other students in the church and I drew the
obvious conclusion that going to church on a Sunday night in college, especially when you have Labor Day off, is probably not the most popular thing to do. But I wasn’t the least bit self-conscious about spending my time at church on a Sunday night.
This doesn’t just relate only to church, but to all things that I enjoy doing. The things that make me “me.” I’ve become extremely comfortable in my own skin and that’s not something I could have said even 2 years ago.
I’m not too sure what clicked in my body, but I’ve begun to embrace my quirks. I’m proud that I don’t conform to a stereotype, whether it be that of a college student, sorority girl, female, etc. I’m pretty sure my family and close friends don’t judge me based on what I consider quirks, so I shouldn’t either.
Keeping it short and sweet today: For everyone out there who feels they aren’t doing “what’s cool,” you need a new definition.
Being unique is cool. Liking orange when everyone likes blue is cool.
Embrace what makes you “you” because I think you’re pretty darn awesome.