On Being Different

49 thoughts

  1. lee

    2011-06-16 13:04:35 -0400

    Thank you for reminding each of us to appreciate our quirks and unique attributes that nobody else possesses in quite the same combination as we do. =)

  2. Karen

    2011-06-16 13:11:41 -0400

    I love this. It's so easy to loose ourselves....from our own critiques, others' words, expectations, perceptions, and fear. Thanks for the reminder to stay true! :>

  3. Raylene

    2011-06-16 13:31:39 -0400

    Here's to Individuality! My own daughter was crafted unique. When about 7 she was reprimanded by my son for trying to wear rubber boots to church with her pretty dress. She simply ignored him and said,"They're comfortable!" And walked away.
    Fast forward to orange hair and wild funky pants in her teens. She would be stopped in the mall by other girls and be asked where she got her pants??? She's proudly say, "I made them!"
    Fast forward again to her wedding in 2008, where she wore funky flowered running shoes under her wedding gown. Again, "I want to be comfortable all day. No spike heels for me! Not negotiable Mom!"
    I'm so proud of her! Unique is beautiful!

  4. Sharon Dryjanski

    2011-06-16 13:40:31 -0400

    THIS IS MY MANTRA!!!! Thanks Ali, you just seems to hit home when needed! This makes me love me for me, where I am at today and one day at a time where I may be to follow....constant evolving my unique "youness" as to dance to a different drummer!

  5. annette

    2011-06-16 13:44:15 -0400

    Well said ALI. I would love to use this quote on a layout about my son who totally embraces his "youness" hope that's ok. I think it's more difficult for us then for our kids, who are different. I always remind my son that anyone can be the same, it takes someone special to be different.


  6. Karine Ardault

    2011-06-16 15:23:44 -0400

    Beautiful. You should make a button of this. I would proudly wear it on my blog!

  7. Catherine

    2011-06-16 16:04:36 -0400

    Printing this out to have my husband hang in his classroom. I'm sure it'll strike a chord with the high school kids.

  8. Prathima

    2011-06-16 17:22:19 -0400

    YEAH!!!! When someone says I'm weird, I just say "THANK YOU!!!"- because who wants to be normal, anyway?!

  9. playcrane

    2011-06-16 21:01:01 -0400


  10. Erika

    2011-06-16 21:18:03 -0400

    Thanks for the reminder, Ali! I needed that...

  11. Angie Martin Hall

    2011-06-16 23:02:02 -0400

    Thank you for this!

  12. Gabi

    2011-06-16 23:24:42 -0400

    I so needed this reminder today, Ali! Thank you!

  13. Kimberly

    2011-06-17 02:35:32 -0400

    Right now I'm struggling with being different ... And this makes me feel just a little bit better. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Marcie

    2011-06-17 05:29:57 -0400

    This so speaks to me. Love it!

  15. Mickey

    2011-06-17 07:50:43 -0400

    AWESOME!!! LOVE, Love, it!

  16. Paula G

    2011-06-17 08:02:53 -0400

    So so true. I am inspired to use the word different for my One Little Word for 2012, it will segue perfectly from my word for this year - soul - for being different both tests and fulfills the longings in our souls.

  17. sandie

    2011-06-17 12:48:44 -0400

    Great quote, Ali. I embrace that.

  18. Amy Lynn

    2011-06-17 21:27:04 -0400

    Well said Ali...

  19. Tenille

    2011-06-18 23:01:13 -0400

    I LOVE this...going to tell my girls this everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Robin

    2011-06-19 15:25:34 -0400

    Thank you for posting this. I really needed to be reminded that following the less traveled path is ok and that it is who I am. Although from time others may trample on that path and make you question who you are, being your authentic self is all there is. I need to rememeber to surround myslef with those that celebrate and encourage this and ultimately dismiss the rest!

  21. Missus Wookie

    2011-06-19 16:24:48 -0400

    Oh so true - thank you for posting this!

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    2012-07-09 13:29:19 -0400

    May I please print this ? LOVE it

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