I can think of about a million ways I’m different from everyone else. But what I can’t think of is a coherent way to express these differences. We’ve been hearing it since kindergarten: “Celebrate your differences!” But really, we have no choice. Mainly, my thoughts are what make me different from you; my distinct ideas. And I’d have to write a novel to express this clearly to you.
So, like almost everything in my life, e.e. cummings can say it best for me:
“To be nobody but yourself in a world- which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
(in case you’re wondering, my favorite e.e. cummings poem is “since feeling is first” ["and kisses are a better fate/than wisdom...we are for each other: then/laugh, leaning back in my arms/for life's not a paragraph/and death i think is no parenthesis]. And “let it go.” But really, I love everything he does).
This post is in response to #reverb10 day 8, with prompt: Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.