In an obvious visible way, we are all one of a kind… A lovely variety from dark brown to light pink color in our skins; green, brown, blue, black , and a world of combinations between those colors in our eyes; hands, eyebrows, legs, buttocks and heads, in many different shapes and sizes. There are not two of us human beings that are exactly alike, not even identical twins.
But there’s something else, and that something else is more important defining us as individuals. Our personalities, our thoughts, our likes, our dreams, our cultures, our believes… Sadly, whenever someone is far off from the “normal” or common behavior, those same differences are scary and/or not approved by some people.
I’m not saying everyone should do whatever they like. I’m saying, as long as no one is hurting no one, people should be tolerant to embrace -or at least respect- every uncommon individual without trying to change him or her.
All my life I’ve faced questions directed to me mainly because I’m different, and the tone in which those questions are asked most of the times denotes the affirmation that I should change… Why are you so quiet? Why don’t you eat meat? Why do your shoulders move when you laugh but your laugh is not so loud? Why do you say the original idea of communism isn’t bad? Why don’t you like to dance? Etc.
But leaving my personal struggle aside, there are worse, worse things out there; to name some: racism, islamophobia, homophobia… and even people who don’t like dogs (I couldn’t resist the joke, sorry).
If everyone took the love and the time to really know that “thing” they see as so different and unacceptable, they’d find out that: it wasn’t how they thought it was, it wasn’t bad after all, and/or it was just an apple very much like the apples they have on their backyard.
Differences are something to cherish and respect; they do nothing but show how wonderful this world can be, and how wonderful everything that is part of it can be distinguished and beautiful by itself.
Don’t be normal. Always try to be a better person; but as long as you are happy, don’t change, be yourself.