Growing up, I was very different from my family. I looked different, I talked differently, and I had a different outlook on life. I literally felt like an alien.
My family treated me like an alien, too. They laughed at me and made fun of me-basically, they showed me that I didn’t belong. I honestly thought I was adopted or something. I didn’t have very much in common with anyone in my family.
I was the only person in my family that wasn’t overweight. They teased me for being “boney” and having long “chicken legs”. They made making fun of me a family affair. They never did it until there was a group of them together feeding off each other’s rhetoric. It’s almost like they were bullies. Bullies always like to have a support group. They never have the courage to bully on their own.
I had a lot of low moments in my life because of that. My family life made me become standoffish inside and outside the home. Before I knew it, I was the black sheep everywhere I went. I couldn’t make friends or fit in with anyone.
I didn’t start to embrace my “black sheepness” until I was 16 or 17 years old. I started to realize that different isn’t always bad. I think what turned me into a lover of my individuality was a quote that I heard Maria Shriver say, which was something like, “Common people don’t make history”. I loved that quote so much because it’s so true. There’s no person on this earth that made history for being like everyone else. They all were what we will classify as different or strange.
I started embracing everything that made me different. My unique outlook on life has turned me into a decent and interesting writer. Everyday I’m fascinated by the amount of people that read my articles despite my wacky outlook. I embraced my skinny body by pursuing a modeling career (obviously I didn’t make it-yet). I embraced my girly/prissy side by starting my own cosmetic business.
Being the black sheep is only bad if you view it that way. This world has billions of followers and only a handful of leaders. God has blessed all of us, and gave each of us the capacity to be a leader. You can embrace what separates you from others and make history, or you can try to blend in with others and be common. The choice is yours.
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