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#reverb10: beautifully different

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.

Reverb10 prompt from Karen Walrond

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I fully admit that I’ve had a lot to get done the past three days, and it’s been pushing my prompt responses until late. But I have been cooking this prompt in my head all day, and I could not think about how I wanted to say what I really felt. 

Here. Read this. She did it better than I could have. 

It’s not always a joyful, freeing thing to feel different. Sometimes, it’s just not something I feel the need to embrace. And yes, I do look around the world and see people who are vastly and violently different from me. But one of the ways I keep my sanity is to feel what I have in common with other people. No one else may have my exact sense of humor or my hair or my educational history or my hatred for baking-soda-based toothpastes. But the things I do have, even the things I love, like my smile or my beaky Italian nose or my capacity to listen and notice things… other people have them, too. I love finding them in people. I feel comforted, in a sea of difference, to find what people have in common with me. That is something I want to shout about from the rooftops.

I don’t feel different. I feel like myself.