A Letter to the Outcast

A Letter to the Outcast

You are valid. Your dreams are valid.
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To the outcast:

You know who you are. The one with dreams of sharing their thoughts with the world in new ways. The one that has doodles and song lyrics all over the sides of their notes and binders. The one that stays in to solve a problem rather than going out. The one that might dress differently, or speak in different ways. You think no one sees who you are, and if they do they just want you to change. I want you to know that I don't.

I want you to know that your medium, your art, whether it's music, painting, sculpting, science, math, poetry, story writing, is worth pursuing. You could be so wonderful, and you will add to our society no matter what you end up doing so do what makes you happy to get up every morning.

I know what people say. I've not only witnessed it, but felt it first hand. They call you names and insult your art. Not just peers, but adults also. Your parents even tell you to figure out something that will be "more practical" for your future. But you don't want to be a doctor or an accountant. You want to share your imagination, and inspire others to do the same. You want to be someone's Celine Dion, or Picasso, Katherine Jonhson or Langston Hughes. Instead, you're getting called fag, nerd or worthless, and being told to get in line.

The truth they don't tell you is the world always needs another scientist, another philosopher, another guitarist, another engineer. You don't have to be the minority or majority to do what you want. You don't need to be the best there ever was at the age of 15 to be able to pursue your dreams. Passion goes a long way. The goal you have to keep is to follow that passion and never let someone take it from you.

You are valid. Your dreams are valid. And one day, I know people will remember your name. So block them out, take your steps forward even if they're small, and be the person you truly want to be.

Their words will hurt, but let them drive you. I know you can do anything.


Sincerely,

The Girl That Gave Up

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Life Is So Much More Than Ourselves

The lives we live are really so much bigger than just ourselves.

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I hope people hear this loud and clear when I say that this generation of people and quite frankly our society as a whole has become one of the most selfish to date. I really hope people reading this don't take it as me calling people out, "throwing shade" or bashing humanity, I'm just trying to put out a call to action but in a more blunt way.

This generation subconsciously lives by the "me, my, mine" lifestyle. Everything is all about us, and what we want and immediate satisfaction or gratification from the things that we do in life. We always want someone to notice what we are doing, that we did it and we want to be acknowledged for it. Our wants and desires power so much of what we do and how we react to what others do and so on and so forth. Also, kind of piggybacking on that, we tend to believe or live by the idea that, "yeah it happens, but it's never gonna happen to me" which can be a major issue when it comes to decision making. This is because we don't think about how it affects anyone but ourselves, usually in the immediate sense rather than the long term.

With that being said it can become an issue when we choose to ignore the other things going on around us like, "oh, someone else will get it." and then things like the trash epidemic and the state at which our planet and country is in now. We have become so self-absorbed that it's to hell with everything else. The places that we call home and the world that we know is falling apart and we are all just gonna sit by and watch like nothing is happening.

I am tired of the mentality that we as a society live in, and how we try to desperately to look great on social media but do nothing about it in real life. It is time that things change and we are the ones changing it.

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