Quoting the Quotable

A to Z April Challenge

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I love quotes.  I’m not very good at remembering them though.  I have a mini notebook from years ago that I used to keep for notes from books I read.  My bookmarks were slips of paper I used for words I didn’t understand or quotes that I wanted to remember.  I always thought it was a weird little thing I did.  I didn’t have the internet until I was 19 so I had no idea what blogging (live journal or whatever) was. I didn’t know I could have been sharing these notes with my fellow oddies [<—word I just made up] instead of hiding my little notebook in a trunk in my closet.

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Why did I wait so long to accept my quirks? It’s not that I wanted to be like everyone else.  I just wanted to feel like everyone else.

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But knowing that my feelings are different from everyone else the same as theirs are different from everyone else, I chose to stand alone; but I didn’t do so proudly.  I felt ashamed, as if the differences within me made me a different shade of unique.

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We all have our own quirks, and we are all different shades of unique because we all carry our very unique histories around with us.

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And when one becomes the same as everyone else, it means they’ve forgotten who they are as an individual.

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So don’t be afraid to be yourself even if you need quotes from others to help confirm your solidarity with yourself because you are rare and being rare is awesome.

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