Don’t try to fit in, focus on what makes you stand out

Being different, standing out from the crowd, is something people encourage you to be. There is after all only one version of you, they say. And I agree a 100% with that, but I also know that it’s easier being said than done. Because sometimes it can make you feel like you’re less when you’re different and not like other people. Being different can be hard, but don’t let that make you stop.

I know what it’s like to be different. I’ve felt like that all my life, but in different ways. It started when I was younger. I was a very quiet girl. I got never bullied because of it, but people would ask me why I was so quiet. I never really knew how to answer that, because that’s just how I was. My answer would either be “I don’t know what to say” or just “I don’t know”. People asking me that, made me feel insecure about myself. I wished I was a bigger talker, but I just wasn’t. And I didn’t know how to change it Throughout the years I’ve become less quiet, I have gotten more out of my comfort zone, but I’m still not the biggest talker. I have learned to embrace that part of me.

When I started secondary school, I had a very hard time with finding my place, finding people like me. Especially the first two years were difficult because I felt so different from my most people I knew. It took a few years before I found friends that were really like me but I did find them.

If you choose to embrace it that you’re different, there will be times when it’s going to be hard. It can make you feel lonely and you can even feel like you’re weird. But under all those hard feelings, all the insecurities, there is so much power in being different. It gives you the power to make a change. And that is everything because those who have the power within them to make a change, make the world a better place.  There is so much beauty in being different. Embrace it. And when you have, be proud of yourself. You’re brave.

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  • Reply
    February 3, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Wauw! Dit is echt prachtig geschreven, ik herken mezelf een beetje in wat je daar beschrijft over je karakter! Ik vind het soms ook moeilijk om mijn plaats te vinden in nieuwe omgevingen! Maar hé, je spreekt helemaal de waarheid! We zouden onszelf allemaal wat meer moeten appreciëren! <3

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    Laura Vonk
    February 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Zo mooi dat je dit deelt! Ik herken het in zeker zin ook bij mezelf. Ik vond het sowieso heel knap als mensen zo dicht bij zichzelf blijven. <3

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    Mei Qi
    February 7, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Wauw!! Wat mooi en open geschreven! Het is moeilijk om jezelf te blijven, daarom vind ik het knap als mensen dat kunnen! Zou ik ook graag willen.

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    February 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Mooi geschreven!! IK ben zelf ook niet altijd zo’n grote prater, dus wat je daarover schrijft is wel herkenbaar 😉 Maar het is inderdaad belangrijk om jezelf gewoon te appreciëren om wie je bent <3

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