How To Embrace Your Uniqueness And Be Proudly Different

Proudly different
Be the red flower in a field full of yellow flowers. Be proudly different!

There are 7.5 billion people in the world today; we can't all be the same. Be proudly different. If we were all meant to be different, we'd all look the same and act the same. And if we did, it'll be a very boring world indeed.

Being different is not wrong. Being different can be a good thing. Being different can be a great thing. Don't let anyone make you feel bad or ashamed because you're different from what they perceive to be "normal".

Most of the time, they're only trying to make you feel ashamed of the way you are, trying to get you to conform, because they are jealous of you, jealous that they can not be like you. So they try to break you, try to get you to retreat, don't let them win. Be strong, stand proud. Be proudly different.

How to be proudly different.

1. Accept that you are different.

Accepting that you're different is the first step to embracing your uniqueness. Accept your unique beliefs, values or appearance. Do not try to change anything about yourself just to fit in - you'll be damaging your self esteem by doing that. 
You don't know if that thing you're trying to change about yourself is what someone else, somewhere, is looking up to and trying to emulate.

It took me a while to accept my uniqueness, but ever since I did, my life has become so much lighter and freer. 
I accept that I'm weird and I own it proudly!

I've always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be.

2. Re-evaluate your unique characteristics.

Don't think of your different qualities as flaws, they're not, they make you special. Never think of yourself as inadequate because you're not able to do something that others can do, or that you do not look or act like others or that that you do not have what others have. 
Rather, think of the other thing(s) you can do that most people can't, other characteristics you possess that most people don't, the way you look that most people don't or can't look like.

Be proud of it and embrace it whenever you start feeling inadequate. Let your struggles with being different teach you to appreciate and value your differences, rather than trying to fit in.

Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself to others. It's our differences that make us unique. 

3. Embrace your normalcy.

While trying to embrace your uniqueness, also embrace your similarities with others. Don't completely and constantly make yourself out to be totally different from others. We're all humans, we're very similar, even though we're all different. 
Forcing yourself to be different will only add to your feeling of inadequacy and isolation. Just be yourself, don't try to force it.

Always remember that you're absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. 

4. Be proud of who you are.

Be proud of the unique characteristics that make you different. It can be your upbringing, your religion, your culture, your language, your traditions, your appearance, your values, your beliefs, etc.
Find the positive aspects of your make up (background) and focus on that. As long as you're happy, that's all that matters. 

What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden, it's not. A lot of the time, it's what makes you great!

5. Try and educate others about who you are. 

Human beings are not accepting of what they're not familiar with. Educating others about your personal characteristics, your culture and beliefs etc, can help reduce the negativity they feel towards you. You don't have to be defensive and angry all the time about your uniqueness, if people are more informed they can become open minded. 

With that being said, don't be a push over, if you try to make them understand and they choose not to, stand up for your self and be confident. 

If you're always trying to be normal, you'll never know how amazing you can be
Be that red flower in a field full of yellow flowers. Be proudly different! 


  1. As a third grade teacher, I'm always trying to teach my students to be proud of who they are. I love your analogy of being a red flower in a field of yellow flowers. I'll be sharing that with them next week.

  2. Hi Tara,
    Oh wow, thanks for finding my analogy insipring enough to share with your students. I'm honored.
    I always see teachers as heros, keep up the good job!
    Thanks for dropping by 😊


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