In today’s society, it’s easy to get hung up on shallow, materialistic things and ideas. We have grown accustomed to valuing people based on their looks, social status, financial stability, and what they can do for us.
As we judge others, we also tend to judge ourselves, striving to discover and feed our strengths, while attempting to hide our weaknesses. We have adopted the idea that “different” or “unconventional” equates to a bad thing. However, often times, our weaknesses are actually our greatest strengths.
Take for instance someone who has a big heart. As a result of their giving nature, they are often overlooked and taken advantage of. Although this could be viewed as a big weakness and flaw that should be handled… how many people has that soft-hearted person helped? How often has his or her sacrifice been worth it, and made a difference.
What about someone with Dyslexia, or ADHD? These diagnoses are often seen as a bad thing. However, people with these “disorders” are often at an advantage. Their brains see different angles. Their minds work in ways that actually give them a creative edge and enable them to see things that someone who is “normal” could not. Successful entrepreneur Richard Branson has said “Dyslexia is my greatest super strength.” Branson says that it taught him to keep things simple, rise above difficulties, and focus on what he’s good at. What an inspiration!
We are all flawed. Perfectly, imperfect. Our differences are what shapes the world we live in. Sometimes, we think with narrow minds towards others, and we’re hard on ourselves too. We worry what other people think about us, and how the world perceives us. It’s normal, but you have to stop and remind yourself that your way of thinking, your looks, your values, your ambitions, and your strengths and weaknesses are all parts of you, that work together in making you the unique individual that you are.
Huuug believes that we’re all special, we all have a purpose, and we can all work together to build a stronger world for future generations. We are all perfectly imperfect, and beautifully flawed. It’s what makes our journey our own, and should be celebrated!
You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant? – Dr. Seuss