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Be You – Be Unique


Remember high school and the moment you realized that fitting in was the easiest way to avoid feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable? That you needed to get on the right team, meet SAT expectations, answer a teacher’s questions without looking dumb?

I do. And those were some awkward days.

I went to a very small elementary school where I knew everyone in my class. I was there for Kindergarten through Seventh grade so by my last year there, my natural shyness had given way to the fact that everyone at the school felt kind of like family.

But for the eighth grade, I had to take the school bus to the Junior High School. It was connected to the High School, and altogether there were almost 2000 students from across the county. My shyness and lack of self-confidence completely took over, and just the act of walking down the hallways to my next class became something I had to force myself to do. I called my mom nearly every day of that first year, pleading with her to come and get me.

Sometimes, it’s hard for me to believe that I felt so unable to fit in with my new surroundings. But I did. And it was a very painful period in my life.

Looking back on it, I think the turning point came for me when I began to realize that the solution wasn’t trying to fit in. Forcing myself to be something I wasn’t. The turning point came when I started to see myself as good at some things, not so good at others. And accepting what it was that made me: me.

I loved to read. I wasn’t great at math. I liked being around people who made me laugh.

As it turns out, high school was a pretty good training ground for the realities of life ahead. We’re happiest when we are our true self. When we surround ourselves with people who appreciate what it is we have to offer the world. When we reject the reality of putting ourselves with people who want to change us.

We all have different gifts and abilities. Let the world see yours. Be You. Be unique.


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