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Being normal is overrated.
There have been times in my life where I've tried it, but I could never keep up the charade for very long. Inevitably, I'd return to my bubbly, vibrant, emotional, sensitive, creative and colourful self. Some people were happy and others, not so much, but I could only contain my real energy for so long, before I morphed back into the person I'm meant to be.
You see, being normal is not only overrated, it's not even a real thing because "normal" only exists within the constructs of a narrow-minded society. When things are "normal" they remain constant. When things are "normal" people don't need to grow or expand. Ah, the safety of everything being labelled and put in the appropriate box! But is that how you're meant to live your life?
Being a teenager can be difficult and living in the box can be reassuring and safe. There is SO much pressure to look a certain way, to behave a certain way, and to fit into socially accepted categories that turn us into automatons.
BUT, none of that is real.
You see, what makes you different, is what makes you special. What makes you unique is your gift to the world. What sets you apart from others is your superpower. The world needs YOU in all your fabulous weirdness!
I know it's scary and I know that people can be mean but, in time, you will see that it's not the in-the-box thinkers that change the world. Being in-the-box is safe, oh yes, because you won't be noticed and you won't stick out. No one will point at you and yell "Different! Different!", because you won't even be seen.
Stay there until you're ready.
Stay there until you are able.
Stay there until you have the support you need.
But then, my darlings, then it's time to break free.
Some people won't like it. Oh, for sure, and they'll let you know! People will notice, people will judge. People will have opinions, but those people are not your people. Your uniqueness challenges them. That's their work, not yours. What others think of you can't change who you really are. Don't let what others want for you, keep you from achieving what you want for yourself!
Nobody lives their best life in a box and labels are for limited thinkers. So be brave. Be yourself. Embrace all that makes you different and be who you were always meant to be.