Different

August 13, 2019

I have a subject I want to talk about that has been weighing heavy on my heart for sometime. I haven’t known exactly how to say it, or how to address the issue, but I’m going to attempt. Here we go:

If someone looks different than you, that’s okay.

If someone worships different than you, that’s okay.
If someone lives in a different place than you, that’s okay.
If someone sounds different than you, that’s okay.
If someone chooses a different life path than you, that’s okay.
If someone loves differently than you, that’s okay.
If someone makes more money than you, that’s okay.
If someone makes less money than you, that’s okay.
If someone approaches life differently than you, that’s okay.
If someone struggles differently than you do, that’s okay.
If someone grieves different than you, that’s okay.

If someone makes mistakes, that’s okay.

If someone has a hard time finding their voice, that’s okay.

If someone has a higher profile job than you, that’s okay.
If someone works to just scrape by, that’s okay.
If someone celebrates different than you, that’s okay.
If someone is skinnier than you, that’s okay.
If someone is heavier than you, that’s okay.
If someone is smarter than you, that’s okay.
If someone is high energy, that’s okay.
If someone is shy, that’s okay.
If someone is dumber than you, that’s okay.
If someone has anxiety, that’s okay.
If someone has depression, that’s okay.
If someone just needs a friend, that’s okay.
If someone has lots of friends, that’s okay.
If someone is hurting, that’s okay.
If someone is so happy, that’s okay.
If someone says no, that’s okay.
If someone grows and changes, that’s okay.
If someone stays the same, that’s okay.
If someone wants to better themselves, that’s okay.
If someone wants to stay exactly where they are, that’s okay.
If someone shares their life on social media, that’s okay.
If someone doesn’t share anything with anyone, that’s okay.

Acceptance, folks. Can we try it? Can we stop judging people? Can we stop putting people in boxes? Can we stop telling them their choices are wrong? Can we stop telling people to look a certain way, and act a certain way and be a certain way, and just LOVE THEM FOR EXACTLY WHO THEY ARE?

Wanna know what’s not okay?

Not including someone in your life because they are different.
Not saying sorry when someone tells you you’ve hurt them.
Making fun of people for being different than you.
Making people feel less than you.
Trying to change and control people.
Making excuses for your lack of acceptance.
Turning a blind eye to someone who’s been marginalized.
Choosing to stay neutral when you know something is wrong for fear of “rocking the boat.”
My heart has been hurting so much lately. Why are we choosing to use our differences against each other? Why are we trying to decide what people’s lives (other than our own) are supposed to look like? Why are we deciding not to include people? 
I want to let my (three) readers in on a little secret. We all want the same things: we want to be loved and accepted for just who we are right now. We don’t want to be left out. We don’t want to be made fun of for who and what we love. We don’t want to feel less than. We are all amazing. We are all great. We are all worthy of love and acceptance.
So please, be kind, damnit.

5 thoughts on “Different”

  1. Howdy! This post could not be written any better! Reading
    this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward
    this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good
    read. Thanks for sharing!

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