I like pistachios.
I like dreaming.
I rather run than walk.
I enjoy my own company.
I love laughing, especially with friends.
I love to think.
Sometimes, I love to wander alone.
And the list goes on and on.
Maybe you share some of my same interests, or you may be exactly the opposite.
We spend so much time in our lives either trying to explain (more like defend) why we are “different.” And some of us spend even more time trying to change what we like to fit what others tell us we should. Aren’t we all supposed to be as unique as a billion fingerprints? Well, at least that’s what science tells us. No two people have the same fingerprints so why would our tastes be the same? Why do we somehow formulate in our minds that we are supposed to be like everyone else? Who am I to say what you find yummy is nasty?
As long as it doesn’t kill you, I say, eat your heart out.
Over time, I have come to the conclusion that as long as the difference(s) don’t kill me, we can all be equally different and equally awesome. Just as we have an affinity to like different things, we also have different dreams, personalities, and beliefs. At the end of the day, I want to be me, not some twisted version of everyone else’s interests, tastes, and ideas. You can eat liver and I will eat mussels. You can be an engineer and I will be my own version of a teacher and artist.
Whatever it is, do not stop being yourself, liking whatever you like, and pursuing what you believe fits you. Because, if it fits your taste buds, and you are not harming yourself or anyone else, do what is in your heart.
Go ahead and discover why you’re as unique as your fingerprint says you are. And along the way, eat your little freaking heart out.