Individuality. I feel like that word is more like a sentence.

Let’s face it, sometimes it can be hard to be yourself. Maybe you feel like your jokes aren’t funny enough, your stories aren’t exciting or you don’t fit a type that you “think” you should fit. This is what I refer to as toxic thinking. These are thoughts that you should throw out of your mind immediately and not let them come back. Ever. This is where the concept of individuality comes into play.

I love the fact that everyone is so unique. It can be hard to be yourself, and sometimes, it takes time to grow and bloom into who you are. Years ago, I had a hard time speaking up. I also had a hard time speaking my mind. As I continued to grow and go through life experiences, I realized that I had a voice but it was up to me to use it. I was my own person, and if I wanted to BE my own person, I had to use my voice and grow into who I knew I could be. How was I going to make an impact in this world if I was too timid to use my voice? This is just part of me that makes me who I am.

Also, whenever we are presented with new situations, it’s scary. I know when I’m in a new setting, it takes me a bit to open up and be me. But, over time, it gets easier. It’s easier to be yourself and to make those jokes you think are hilarious that others may not (definitely happens to me). It’s so important to be yourself, to come out of your shell and simply show the world who you are and what you have to offer.

If you ever think your jokes aren’t funny, you don’t belong somewhere or that you have a weird personality – stop. Instead, think the opposite. Tell yourself you ARE funny, you DO belong where you are and that your personality is what makes YOU unique. If someone doesn’t like it? They’re not worth your time. Seriously. Surround yourself with those who encourage you and inspire you to be who you are, not someone you are not. It may sound cliche, but it’s the truth.

Embrace yourself and embrace who you are. We all have so much to offer to the world, it’s a shame to keep it hidden.

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