I've been "different" for as long as I can remember. If I had to sum up my life in one word, it'd be unconventional. From my youth, I've learned to embrace the crooked path. If I didn't like how things were "supposed" to be, I'd challenge them. Of course, it'd work out in my favor and sometimes, I would land hard on my ass. Bullied growing up, I used to be quite a bit of a shut in and I tried so hard to fit in. As I've gotten older, I realized that figuratively and perhaps literally, I'm much too big to fit into any kind of mold.
I've come to accept myself for who I am. For the first time in my life, I can say that I love the person that I have become. What I used to be the most insecure about, was what people might've thought of me. I've done shit differently, dressed differently, and talked differently my whole life, and I was either made fun of or belittled. Now as a young woman, I've come to realize that my strength comes from being myself, unapologetically.
I want to encourage everyone, especially women, to be their authentic selves. I believe we live in a world now that we yearn for truly unique people who aren't afraid to be unfiltered. You wanna color your hair purple? Fuckin' go for it. Take up pole dancing? Yes sis, I'll cheer you on. Start a business and take over the world? DO IT!
There's something freeing about letting go of other people's judgement of you. Life is too short to wear that kind of leash. Take the leash off, and create the best vision of yourself and don't look back. Some people may not like it, but I guarantee you there will be more people that appreciate you. Shit, you may inspire someone else to do the same.