Embrace What Makes You Unique
When I first started a blog, I was scared to death to share it with others.
My blog made me extremely vulnerable. My writing was personal, and my words were straight from the heart. I knew that once I shared my blog, anybody I knew could judge me, disagree with me, and rip apart my words. It was a terrifying thing.
I remember 6 months ago when I was debating about starting a Facebook page for Inspiration Indulgence. I knew that if I wanted to get serious about blogging and eventually make some money off of it, I needed a page to grow my fan base and increase my pageviews. I can’t tell you how nervous I was about this. By starting this page, I knew indefinitely that people I ACTUALLY KNEW would come across it and read my blog. ….Like, OMG!!!!!!!!!!
Would think they I was stupid?
Would they laugh at me?
I do not know any one personally who professionally blogs. Part of me felt like a freakin’ fool for starting my professional blogging journey. Was I naiive to think that I could actually grow this and make it big? I wasn’t sure. But one thing was certain. I needed to take the plunge. I could not just allow myself to sit there and wish for things to happen; I needed to make my dreams a reality. And for me, that meant jumping out of my comfort zone and getting uncomfortable.
It’s still sometimes hard for me to share things on the Inspiration Indulgence Facebook page or Instagram because so many people I personally know follow those accounts. Sometimes I feel embarrassed to share my writing and photos because quite honestly, I don’t always know what people are thinking. Being the people-pleaser that I am, it can be extremely difficult to do things for me sometimes and not somebody else.
I’ve always looked up to people who don’t give a shit about what others think. I truly value that personal quality because I know how rare it is to find. Some of my top idols in fashion, literature, and in my personal life are those who aren’t afraid to stray from the crowd and be their own person in a world that is constantly telling them to be someone else. I want to be that person. I strive to pave a new path. I want to follow my dreams, despite how weird I may seem to others.
I think that uniqueness is an inspiring quality to have, but one that is unfortunately lacking. Some of the greatest and most successful individuals in our nation’s history have been the strangest and most far-out thinkers of the world. But how often do we commend others for being individuals? Not very often.
We are a society that is taught to conform.
But you know what? I don’t want to conform. That shit is boring, and people who conform bore me.
I want you all to know that every little single detail about you that sets you apart from others in beautiful. As the famous saying goes, “You were born to be an original, not die a copy.” I think that we should embrace what makes us weird and unique and love ourselves for it.
I”ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” – Winston Churchill
What is your story, and what will be your legacy?