The Beauty Of Being Different (Magazine Excerpt)

To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting – E.E. Cummings

One of the most beautiful things about being human is that we are all different. We all have our own distinctive view of the world and an individual journey to take. No two people will have the same experiences, the same opinions
or the same relationships. Being our authentic selves should be our highest priority in this life; why waste time pretending to be anyone but yourself?

Unfortunately, it seems that in today’s society, that’s exactly what we all do. We believe that being the same as everyone else is easier and that people won’t accept us if we’re ourselves. We’re so afraid of being weird or unpopular that we restrict ourselves from finding out the person we are meant to be. I’ve known from a young age that I was different from everyone else. I felt like an outsider, watching people behind a wall of insecurity. It’s taken me twenty-four years to feel comfortable in my own skin and to stop caring what other people think of me. I just accepted that I may see the world a little differently, have unusual hobbies, an eclectic taste in music and a sensitive soul but all of these things make me who I am.

The fear of being different can be overwhelming, you feel uncertain about yourself and constantly feel judged by those around you. It’s easy to walk around in a bubble, pretend that you are the same as everyone else but by doing so, you are robbing yourself the wonderful feeling of being your authentic self. We tend to stifle our genuine selves to fit in, sometimes without even realising we’re actually doing it. Make sure you surround yourself with people that make you feel great about yourself, not people who make you want to change.

Once you start walking your own path and start living the life you truly want, whilst being the person you really want to be, you will find happiness. Being true to yourself will earn you respect from those around you but you will also learn to respect yourself. Starting right now, I challenge you walk your own path and don’t compromise your beliefs
for anyone. Take the first step and never turn back.

Here are a few reasons why you should embrace your true self:

You Will Find Your True Inner Voice
The only voice we tend to listen to is the one that tells us that we’re not good enough. This isn’t your true inner voice. The voice you really need to tune in and listen to is the one that gives you strength,confidence and an honest opinion of yourself. Ask yourself internal questions about what you really want to become aware of how you respond
mentally, physically and emotionally. This will help you to identify what you truly desire without judgement or restriction.

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Excerpt from the seventh issue of Zest For Life Magazine. Click Read More to view the full article…

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