Do you ever worry about being different? Most people will answer yes to that question, and they’ll try to be as similar to other people as possible – they’ll wear the same clothes, say they like the same music (even if they don’t), and generally do the same things, even if they’d prefer to be doing something else.
That’s not a great way to enjoy your life, but the problem is that we’re told all the time that being different is weird and strange and not something you want. So we try to conform, but it’s not fun, and it’s not great for your mental health either.
That’s why it’s far better to embrace your uniqueness. It might be hard after years of deliberately pushing your unique personality traits aside so you can fit in with the crowd, but once you start to accept your differences, life really can get a lot more interesting. With that in mind, keep reading to find out how to get started.
Find Your Crowd
We’ve talked about how people need to celebrate their uniqueness, but the fact is that no one is completely unique, so that’s a good place to start. Whatever it is you’re into that’s unusual or different compared to most people, there will be others who are into the same things. It could be anything at all, from a particular type of TV show to a sport that hardly anyone has heard or to collecting specific objects, and so on.
The key to embracing your uniqueness is to find your crowd – find the people who like the same things as you do. Once you do that, you won’t feel odd or out of place anymore, just for liking something most people won’t have heard of. Instead, you’ll be with people who you can really get to know and with whom you’ll feel like you belong.
Make Your Own Choices
When people make choices for you, you’ll often find that you lose your uniqueness. Even if the other person tries to keep your personality and likes and dislikes in mind, they’re always going to be influenced by all kinds of things, including their own preferences. The truth is, no one can know what you want apart from you, even if you try to explain it. So that’s why it’s best to make your own choices if you have a strong feeling or preference for something; stop trying to please other people by choosing what you think they want or by letting someone else have control over the decision.
This can relate to anything in life, from the type of takeout food you order to the career you want to go into, right down to choosing your own wedding ring that’s utterly unique and perfect for you. The more decisions you can make for yourself, the more your unique personality can shine through and the happier you’ll be.
Be By Yourself
Sometimes, if you want to truly embrace being unique, it could mean spending time by yourself. If your friends and family aren’t interested in the same things as you are, then the best thing you can do is to learn to be happy in your own company and continue to do the things you want to do.
By not having to depend on other people to enjoy yourself, you can finally let your real personality come out, and that’s a turning point in life you won’t want to go back on.