Speak Your Mind - I'm happy I'm different
by Anonymous User on February 12, 2020
From a very young age, I knew I was inherently different from everyone around me. Something about me never fit in, no matter where I went or how I moulded myself when I got there. Growing up as the only artist in my family, my biggest challenge has been feeling comfortable with expressing myself in ways that the people I love might not understand. A constant struggle between being the person I know I am and who my family wishes I could be, I’ve spent years holding myself back in fear that I won’t receive the encouragement I hope for. This self doubt became a never ending pattern of betraying myself in order to seek validation or prove myself worthy to the ones I love. A toxic cycle that seemed impossible to escape, as I was begging for my light to shine. However, over the past few years, the love I have for myself has been put to the test over and over again, forcing me to look within and remind myself why I’m still here. Why I AM worthy. The power that believing in myself holds surpasses any external validation that I had ever dreamed of. I used to think of being different as something that was wrong with me, but I’m now realizing the advantage I have over those who conform to society out of fear. Having the courage to be who I am, unapologetically, means I am free. Art doesn’t have rules.