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Being Different

Lights Go On: Part LXVI -- Perspective

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Thomas Bähler

How often do I hear "Why does this always happen to me?" or "This idea came to me, I don't know why" or "Why do I do these things?" this word...

The Magic They're Missing

Mary Hickey | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

To Jack and all the magically different children who are struggling to fit in -- we need you. You color our world. You will write the songs and stories that will inspire us. You will create beautiful art for us to enjoy. Thank goodness we will have your comedic genius to make us laugh when there is so much to cry about in the world. You will create the things we never knew we needed, but then can't live without.

Speaking Out On Caitlyn Jenner: Being Different Is Being Beautiful

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women
Jennifer Wolfe

I didn't have to show the kids in my classroom her photo -- they wouldn't be phased by it. They're growing up in a time where being different is no longer as taboo as it was in my generation.

Hernan Lopez on Career Success as a Racial Minority | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Jimmy Nguyen

Hernan Lopez, President & CEO of FOX International Channels, speaks with Jimmy Nguyen about achieving career success in the U.S. as an immigrant and a racial minority.

What Changed When I Returned To High School After Cancer Treatment

Sabrina Dominguez | Posted 06.14.2015 | Teen
Sabrina Dominguez

I've learned that it's okay to be different. It's okay to not blend in. I'm that person you can pick out of a crowd whether it's because I'm the loudest person in the room or because I've barely grown my hair back.

Why Every Lonely Kid Deserves Their Moment of Fame

Marsha Pinto | Posted 06.07.2015 | Teen
Marsha Pinto

The most probable reason why I and so many other kids get excluded is because we are or choose to be different than everybody else. We don't conform, we stand out. We don't always say what people want to hear but instead we give our own opinion.

Viva La Difference

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.14.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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How The 'Quirk' That Caused You Grief Can Lead To Something Wonderful

Posted 12.15.2014 | OWN

By Alexandra Robbins Once upon a time, there was a girl named Taylor. When she sat down to eat lunch in her school cafeteria, the girls she'd o...

Needing to Belong and the Joy of Being Different

Ayelet Baron | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

Imagine, who you could be if you let down the walls. I know too many people who believe they are stuck and cannot leave their prisons. The biggest prisons we have today are not institutions... they are ourselves.

Do We Parent and Educate Our Children that 'I' Is More Important Than 'You?'

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Each child is special and unique. Despite this, we often apply very linear rules of parenting and teaching to them. In doing this, we miss out on thei...

I'm Not The Only Gay Student In My School, I'm Just The One Standing Up

Marcel Neergaard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Teen
Marcel Neergaard

I'm not the only gay youth in Tennessee. I'm not the only gay kid in Oak Ridge. I'm not even the only gay student in my school, I'm just someone who is standing up.

In Praise of Different

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

Now that I've rediscovered myself, I realize what a waste of time and energy it is to try and fit in. It's so much better to just show up and be yourself.

At First I Felt Every Stare, But Then I Realized Something

Natalie Merlo | Posted 11.17.2013 | Teen
Natalie Merlo

I avoided cameras like the plague, always volunteering to take the picture, or leaning out of frame when I saw I was in one. Now when I look through the photos of my senior year, it's like I wasn't even there.

7 Ways To Stop Caring What Others Think Of You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.13.2012 | Teen

Whether it's constantly rechecking the number of "likes" on your new profile picture or worrying about being able to pull off an edgy new haircut, see...

10 Life Lessons From 2 Powerful Pooches

Domenick Scudera | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Domenick Scudera

Two special guys are in my life: my dogs, Festus and Cyrus. Festus is a three-legged pit bull/Rottweiler. Cyrus is a tiny terrier born without front legs. These dogs are my greatest teachers. Here are some of the simple lessons that I have learned from them.

How Madonna Helped Me Accept My Cancer

Salon | Posted 04.05.2012 | Women

When I was 13, my parents drove us 45 minutes from our home on a rural wooded peninsula to a suburban-mall movie theater to see "Desperately Seeking S...

Tumblr Redefined Society vs. Beauty for Me

Renee DuShane | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Renee DuShane

Society tells us what is beautiful, to make us buy or do anything to be that way. I may not love the way I look, as a lot of teenage girls don't, but makeup and designer clothes won't change that.

An Open Letter to the Gay Youth of America

Natalie Bencivenga | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Natalie Bencivenga

High school is not a real representation of the world outside. Those who are ostracized for being unique or different (for whatever reason) are often the people that go on to have interesting and fulfilling lives.