While there is nothing wrong about
wanting to be liked, too often we let our fear of what other people may
think keep us from expressing ourselves fully. That fear keeps us from
embracing what makes us different and from following the path we should be on and pursuing the things that we really like. We will never truly know contentment and happiness while we keep trying to be the person we are not.
Of the 7.5 billion (2017) people on our planet, there is no-one just like you. You are unique and your magnificence needs to shine!
As Dr Suess so wisely said, “ Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Here are 6 reasons why you should embrace your differences:
2. Being different helps you make a difference in the world
The world needs your differences. The world needs new talents, ideas and actions. If you want to make a difference in the world, then use your differences to make an impact. For example, if you are into conservation but none of your friends are, no worry, you go about advocating for the environment.
You don't need to have everything in common with your friends. As stated in point 1 this can be tiring to do. If you and your friends are genuine and accepting of each others differences, these things can be used to enrich your friendship. For example, one of your friends may be mad keen about horse riding, so you all go horse riding. Liking different things and having different talents also takes away the competition that can happen, and the pressure to conform.
Individuals who are successful typically pave their way because of their differences and willingness to take risks. An article by Forbes, Being The Odd One Out – Survival Tips To Being Different, said:
mega-successful don’t play by the rules. They don’t conform to all of
society’s norms. They don’t follow what everyone else is doing. They do
their own things –- in their own ways. They make decisions that work for
them. They set goals for where they want to go. They think out of the
box firstly because they aren’t standard issue, and can’t fit into the
regular packaging… but mostly because they like to.”
6. You can keep on developing your talents and uniqueness
Once you embrace yourself and you know what makes you stand out from the crowd, you are able to start developing these qualities. This then enables you to be the best version of yourself and to ultimately be more successful. The rewards of this are many - geater happiness, more contentment and an assurance that you are on the right track for where your life is meant to go.