Remember the story of the ugly duckling? It is the perfect illustration of how, you, and I, can doubt our own beauty and gifts, by mistakenly comparing ourselves to others around us, rather than accepting and celebrating our uniqueness.
We let outside voices tell us who we should be. If a grown up doesn't teach us this lesson while we were young, or we discover it for ourselves, we often become the adult results of our childhood decisions.
I grew up not listening to my inner voice. Like most kids, from foster care, I felt like an outcast. I was willing to alter myself just to belong. It took me a long time to get to a place where I was comfortable, with who I was. Even if that meant I didn't fit in.
If you were born to stand out, fitting in will put you in a places that doesn't feel right. Something inside tells you, "I am not supposed to be here", but, unless you know to listen, and give that inner voice higher authority, you will follow the advice and suggestions you receive from the world around you. You have to trust and believe that being guided by your internal GPS will never steer you wrong.
When battling the media’s influence, public opinion and the pressures of who our friends and family think we should be, it can be a struggle to stay true to our own thoughts, feelings and intuition.
If your present circle doesn't help you to grow, you may have to leave those familiar environments, and venture out into new networks, in an effort to connect with other like-minded individuals.
Let’s be inspired by Lady Gaga, Micheal Jackson, Rupaul, Oprah, Steve Jobs, Dennis Rodman and all the other courageous oddballs who have found success, not only because of their talent, but mainly because they were comfortable in their own skin.
Knowing who you are and what is your purpose for being on the planet will allow you to stand firm in the winds of criticism. Your path is not meant to be understood by everyone. Do you!