Be Proud To Be Unique

By Nancy Stoops

I have always looked for the unique in this world.  Growing up I always heard how different I was and how differently I did things.  I take pride in being unique and not wanting to be ordinary.  For me, being unique has always given me a silent inner strength, never a weakness.

The media seems to frown upon being unique and tells us who we should be if we’re to be accepted.  The media tells us what we should look like, what we should wear, what music we should like, what shows we should watch and how we should act, if we are to be cool and well liked.  I believe we should look like ourselves, wear what is comfortable, listen to music and watch programs that make us feel alive and then we are truly cool and should be accepted by others.

It takes a very strong individual to believe in themselves when they not the average.  It’s hard to be different but it’s even harder to fight that difference all of your life.  Learn to embrace who you are and celebrate in being a one-of-a-kind.  Learn to understand that there is such inner peace in being who you are intended to be.  Take all the energy you put into trying to be different than who you are intended to be and use it to be the best one-of-a-kind you can possible be.

I see many unique people wasting their lives trying so hard to be average and to fit in.  I wish people could learn to embrace their uniqueness and understand that they are very special and being special is a gift.  So please don’t throw that gift away because then you throw the best part of yourself away and then you waste your life!!!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909)229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at  You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the therapy Dog at


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