When you are growing up and you are different, you see it in other people’s eyes. The disapproving looks, all over their faces. They want you to be like them, and it makes them uncomfortable that you are not.
Yet, read any self help or girl power book, and you hear, “Be Yourself, Love Yourself, Be Different! YAY!”
To be honest, it’s quite confusing.
You know that you can’t help being different, because, let’s face it… You Think Different. You think differently about the world, about society, about ambition, and about results. I knew this at age 14 when entering the work world. Instead of being amazed, I thought it was a big pile of crap. And, super boring. And, everyone seemed miserable. I also thought different about school dances (EW!), popularity contests (Why?), and pep rallies (I hid in the bathroom).
And, that was just high school.
I went on to further my weirdo-ness. It turned out I didn’t just think differently in high school, I thought differently about every adult decision or option available to me, too.
I had a lot of unanswered questions, like…