I was looking for a good example of how to embrace your individuality when I was watching CBS Sunday Morning. On the December 25th, 2022 episode, Tracy Smith interviewed the multi-Grammy Award winner Lizzo. The crux of the interview involved the now famous entertainer, who was living in her car 10 years ago, and was going to spend her first Christmas in a beautiful home she had just purchased.
I thought, “What an achievement,” and felt so happy for her as she explained some things she had to overcome to become an “instant” success.
I must admit that although I hadn’t been a fan, and still may not be of her music -sorry Lizzo–I’m old – I became a fan of hers then.
And it’s not just because of all the things she had to overcome. Everyone who has accomplished anything has had to overcome challenges, some bigger than Lizzo’s.
What made me a fan was her embrace of who she is, as she said, “A fat, black, nurd.”
So, after watching (and rewatching) her interview, I wrote this week’s article on how important it is to embrace your individuality and how it can, like it did for Lizzo, change your life.
We’re all different and wonderful
The Wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs
Their bouncey, trouncey, ouncey, pouncey
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun
But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I’m the only one!
Like Tigger says, everybody is different, and this is one of the many wonderful, beautiful, and exciting things about life. We all have different opinions, look different, think, and act differently.
As Lizzo’s made clear in her interview, if everybody behaved in the same way, the world would be a very stale and boring place. Unfortunately, sometimes, people are keen to blend into the background. They decide to lose their individuality in a desperate bid to ‘fit in’ to the world around them.
Instead, decide to celebrate and embrace your individuality. Accept who you are.
Doing this can, like Lizzo, change your life positively.
Let’s look at a few ways you can achieve this.
How can your individuality change your life?
1. When You embrace your individuality, you feel less self-conscious.
Being nothing but your true self allows you to have fewer inhibitions. You’re less self-conscious when you are comfortable in your own skin.
I’m sure Lizzo gets her fair share of stares. Just like you may when you completely embrace who you are.
When you’re being yourself, people may not see eye to eye with you.
Many people aren’t going to get along with you, anyway.
Get over it.
You’ll find the world is a much more relaxing and fun place to live in when you’re not trying to please anyone but yourself.
Embrace your individuality and every part of yourself. This way, if somebody tries to insult you, you can confidently tell them you are more than happy with your identity.
If you’re happy with who you are, then you, like Lizzo, won’t mind if others have a problem with it, and you’ll filter out their negativity.
2. You’ll be more interesting.
If you are an individual, you’ll have ideas, opinions, and feelings that don’t line up with everyone else’s.
If you, like Lizzo, have a unique dress sense or you don’t seem to fit in with everyone else, chances are you have an interesting outlook on life.
This gives you lots to talk about.
Share your passions with people, be kind to everyone. If you are, people will let you express your true personality and have open, honest conversations with you.
Let them see you don’t have to fit in with the way everyone else seems to be. Tell them they, like you, are okay just the way they are.
If you are your true individual self, people will be more likely to fully respect you, since they know you are being honest and maintaining your dignity and integrity.
3. When you embrace your individuality people will remember you.
You will make more of an impact by being kind, caring, funny, and generous. The best way to do this is simply by being yourself.
If you try to blend in with the crowd, you won’t stand out in the way you deserve to. You’ll lose your personality and blend in with the background. No one will notice.
Your opinions, thoughts, and ideas count. They are valid, and they matter.
Embrace your individuality. You’ll make more of an impact on the world by being you than trying hard to be someone else.
4. When embrace your individuality, you can look for fresh adventures.
If you want to be a little different, a great way to do this is by traveling, either in your own country or abroad. Not only will you gain a better appreciation for other cultures and customs, but also, you’ll develop a sense of independence and self-awareness as you take on experiences that few people ever have.
Another way to explore the world around you is by chasing your dreams. Whether that means pursuing higher education, launching a business venture, or taking part in sports and activities you never thought you’d try, the feeling of accomplishment after completing a new activity can be incredibly rewarding.
It can also give you confidence in tackling tougher challenges and helps you remain grounded as time passes.
When You embrace your individuality you change your life.
Being an individual is a beautiful thing, and it’s something that everyone should embrace. By expressing your true self and being unapologetically yourself, you will create a life of freedom, joy, and fulfillment.
It’s scary to break away from the norms and embrace who you are, but it is worth it. As soon as you take steps towards creating a life that you feel passionate about, you will immediately notice the difference in how you feel about life.
You don’t have to conform to anyone else’s standards or expectations. You get to decide what success means for you.
When you embrace your individuality, you can let go of limiting beliefs and start living life fully and authentically. So, forget about trying to fit in—be random, be spontaneous, and be unapologetically you.
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