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Being Different

Needing to Belong and the Joy of Being Different

Ayelet Baron | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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.