Never Apologize for Being Different

I’ve never been one to follow blindly. Never been one to conform without knowing what motives any authority figure had behind telling me to do so. I’m one to question everything. Always have been. And I’ve always done critical thinking and plenty of reading and research. That’s just me.

Through the years, this has gotten me into a lot of trouble. I’ve taken a lot of heat and lost many friends (or people I thought who were friends) for it. And it’s probably why I was bullied all those years in school.

But that’s okay. In fact, I embrace all of it!

I’d rather stand for something than fall for anything people feed me. I’m true to my beliefs and convictions and I’m not afraid of losing a few people over it. And I’m proud of that.

I’m not a follower.

No one ever said being a free-thinking person was easy and I don’t expect it to be.
And when people get pissed and withdraw friendship over my choice to question a narrative, I only see it as a weeding out of fake friends and people who aren’t meant to be in my circle.

To know who your real friends are, you must be your true authentic self, question status quos, trends, and popular narratives, then call BS when you see or hear it.

And I’m willing to accept it and everything that comes with it.

37 thoughts on “Never Apologize for Being Different

  1. That is what is wrong with the world…the status quo. I have so much respect for people who dance to their own beat. So many people are conformist. I mean look at music. Most people only know what is on the radio or what other people are listening to. Go out there and do the research, there are so many bands that flew under the radar.

    And I notice things about people. For instance, I love it when a man isn’t so ego driven that he can admit or take losing to a woman in a physical contest. I love it when people show no prejudice. I love it when women admit men can be just as good of parents. I love it when people can be equally critical of both political parties realizing it is the same snake. I love it when people have manners. I love it when women will rock a one piece or bikini no matter how much one weighs. I love it when men aren’t afraid to cry. I love it when people show their artistic talent in unique ways

    • Wow! I love all that too! And I think the reason so many people are conformist is because they’re afraid and want to fit in. Also, much people are afraid of change. But sometimes change is needed to grow.

  2. Gurrrrlllll…I stopped this eons ago. πŸ›‘ βœ‹πŸΌ ❌At first, I was a little embarrassed by clearly being different. 🀫 Yep, I was also scrutinized for it. Then I had that every-evolving “aha” moment when I asked myself, “Now why would I want to be a carbon-copy of someone else?” πŸ€”πŸ€¨πŸ₯± Then, as you noted, “Sorry, but I am not sorry!” Now girlfriend, that was one of my first drop-the-mic moments.🎀🎀🎀 And I’ve been dropping the mic ever since, because I will not change me just because someone else wants me to for their benefit or convenience! Whoop, there it is!!! πŸ˜… πŸ˜‚ 🀣

  3. “No one ever said being a free-thinking person was easy and I don’t expect it to be.
    And when people get pissed and withdraw friendship over my choice to question a narrative, I only see it as a weeding out of fake friends and people who aren’t meant to be in my circle”

    Perfection.
    Thank you for sharing..

  4. “I have to be me, and you have to be you.” This was at the end of a first grade reader many years ago. I don’t think the students understood it but this teacher certainly did.

  5. Enneagram 4 and autistic here, I can relate so much πŸ™‚ I will never regret being myself even in front of school bullies and disapproving family members. Those who don’t appreciate your spark don’t know what they are missing, and they don’t deserve your friendship.

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