For those who have ever felt like the odd one out, or those who don’t do the things that everybody else is doing, this one is for you.
Comparing yourself to others around you can be a dangerous thing. Those beautiful people on Instagram or popular people on Facebook look like they are the living properly, like they are doing things the right way, the way a 20-something should. These comparisons can make ourselves seem like the weirdos of society whilst everybody else is living happy, normal lives.
What we have to try to remember is that everybody is different and that we all have the right to lives our lives in our own way.
Whenever I’m feeling a bit down about how I haven’t reached certain life milestones or that I’m not like everybody else (which somehow, is seen as a negative in some ways), I try to remember the best advice I ever received, which I would like to share with you:
There are people in life who are ordinary, and there are people in life who are a little bit different. The latter are cheeky, creative, rebellious, and anarchistic… and ordinary people don’t understand them. Ordinary people react to those they don’t understand by putting them down, and trying to preach the difference between right and wrong. They make people who are different feel flawed, and isolated. My dear, ordinary people are idiots. And it’s the reason why we idealise those who are different. The world adores difference, it just doesn’t know how to comprehend it. Which is why we adore, and yet shun, people like Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Mata Hari, Emily Pankhurst… You are, deep down, a little bit different, and a little bit rebellious, and don’t ever let the ordinary bastards make you think the way to be ‘right’ is to be like them. The only way to be happy, is to be oneself!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?