It's OK To Be Different

It's OK To Be Different

We can't all be the same.

In America, especially when it comes to young people, we spend so much time trying to fit in while sacrificing our individuality. Of course, we all want others to like and accept us, instead of being left out and alone. That’s just human nature and it’s been like that forever. But we need to realize that it’s OK to be different.

We’ve gotten to the point where being different has become a bad thing, but if you ever want to stand out or change the world, you’re going to have to be different. Any leader in the world was a leader because they were different. People wouldn’t have followed them if they were just like everyone else because then they’d have been just an ordinary person without much hope for change. Being different is not a curse like people constantly make it out to be. Without it, the world would never have progressed.

Society has constantly told people how to think, how to act, and how to look, but society doesn’t control us and we can be whatever we want to be. We are constantly told that to be normal we have to do this or that, but isn’t it normal for people to be different? We are like an assembly line; in order to function properly, everybody has to have their own purpose that makes them different from everyone else. If we all did the same thing, the assembly line just wouldn’t work.

Why would you want to fit in with everyone else when it requires you to give up what makes you, you? A world where everyone is the same would be a complete mess and would take all the fun out of living. We thrive on the differences in people, from their personal interests, to their unique ideas and solutions to problems. If you want to dress differently, listen to different music, think differently, or have different interests, go for it. Don’t let other people tell you what you can or can’t do because then you’re letting them take away your freedom and you become void of individuality.

Many people are probably worried about losing friends from being different, but if people don’t accept you for who you are, then they’re probably not worth being friends with anyway since part of true friendship is loving people despite their differences. If they can’t accept your differences then your friendship is probably all for personal gain instead of being based off of caring about you like a friendship should be. It’s also a good practice to surround yourself with people of different viewpoints and interests as it can actually make you smarter and more open-minded.

As Alejandro Jodorowsky said, “Normality is to be different. Every person is a different person. And one day you need to be aware of your difference. Aware that you are not the same as the others. That is to be normal.” Being different is a part of life and is something that should be encouraged. Society should not restrict us to certain presets but should push for individuality.

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He Changed Everything.

My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was as big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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