I saw a post on social media recently talking about how lights, like from a car's headlight, only look like stars if you have astigmatism in your eye. I was low-key mind-blown because I just thought everyone saw lights like that, like these weird shifting stars of light.

That got me thinking of which of my other abilities are different than normal.

This thought came up in conversation with my friend yesterday. I was watching a movie on my phone and because the volume was so low, I couldn't hear it well over the ringing in my ears. And as someone who likes to overshare, I told my friend that I have idomus tinnitus, which basically means that my ears are always ringing and that I don't know what silence sounds like. She was shook. But what really got me was how my other friend was like "Same, my ears always have this faint ring, too, I just thought it was normal."

This whole experience worked to show me that we all have some little physical or bodily differences that make us unique. And also that not all of these differences have negative consequences on our abilities to do things. These "diseases" are very acceptable by society. I bet as you read to this point in the article you were like, "Weird, but okay, yeah. They lack something physically."

But it's more than that. Everyone has so many small differences that make us unique that it's impossible for us to truly be "similar." We were all meant to be special in our own way. So why do people try to conform to one standard? We can't ever be exactly like the person we try to be like, you will have different skills and your bodies will work differently. We should try to work with what we have, and we should work on discovering who we are and what skills we have instead of impossibly trying to conform to someone else's beauty standards.