This world is home to millions of human
beings. And the truly amazing thing is that not one of us is exactly like any
other. Every single one of us is unique in our own ways, and this is something
that should always be celebrated. Our individuality should not just be accepted,
but embraced. If the world were full
of people all exactly alike, it would be a far less interesting place. We all
have different tastes, different opinions, and different personality traits,
and these are the things that make us unique.
Sadly, the world is not always such an
open-minded place. Countless numbers of people are victims of persecution, over
trivial matters most of the time. Bullying is one of the most awful things one
person can do to another. Children are ridiculed for their tastes in music and
fashion, and made to feel like they are outsiders in their peer group. And this
is fundamentally wrong. It is truly saddening
to witness someone change who they are and pretend to be someone they are not
in an effort to make others like them. To see them lose the quirks which make
them unique, and morph into a carbon clone of everyone else. And no one will
ever be truly happy this way, forever lying and disguising and pretending.
I know it can be
difficult to stand up for what you believe in, when you fear that doing so will
only lead to further exclusion. From personal experience, this seems to be the case in particular for
those in their early teens – the years of formation and discovery, of slowly
trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be. It’s not made easier
when others try to force their opinions on you. But I strongly encourage
everyone to not give in to them.
Eventually, you will realise that these
people don’t matter. If people cannot
accept you for who you are, then you don’t need them in your life. It may take
time, but you will find those people who love you for you, and even share your
tastes. These are the people to surround yourself with, the ones who will allow
you to feel comfortable and happy in your own skin. And in turn, be accepting
of them. People who are a little bit quirky, a little bit weird, make by far
the most interesting and exciting friends.
So embrace what makes you unique. Passion
is a great quality in a person, so don’t hide the things you enjoy, the things
you are passionate about. Dye your hair an unusual colour. Get that tattoo. Go
see your favourite band live. Take up that hobby you’ve been curious about. Act
like a freak. Don’t be afraid to do the things you enjoy, even if you’re doing
it alone, as it won’t be forever. It’s your life, so enjoy it. Just be you.