The Liberty to Be Unique
In a world full of choices, the way you stand out is by not adding to the noise but by exposing your uniqueness.
The liberty to be unique.
The liberty to be quirky.
The liberty to be who we are.
We need to embrace that liberty!
Too often we spend our lives trying to fit in. We try to be someone who fits the status quo. We try to be Elastic Woman from the animated movie The Incredibles, adjusting our lives in a series of mind-boggling twists, turns—and sometimes knots. But we’re not Elastic Woman—or Mr. Fantastic, from The Fantastic Four, for the men reading this!
We know this doesn’t work in life. It especially doesn’t work in social media. If it’s the same old, same old? No doubt about it. It will be overlooked.
If we hope to stand out, if we hope to be heard, we cannot hide behind the opinions of others. We cannot simply parrot what we’ve read. We can’t stretch, twist, and recoil to follow the masses.
We must develop our own voice—our own opinions. We must risk exposing ourselves, exposing what we really think, and exposing our uniqueness.
There is a downside. The liberty to be unique comes with risks. There is risk with exposure—the risk of becoming vulnerable. But if we want our writing (and anything else, for that matter!) to make a difference, shouldn’t vulnerability be a risk we are willing to take? Are we ready? Are we ready to embrace our uniqueness? Are we ready to risk vulnerability? Are we ready to make a difference?
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