Some days I feel like a green apple in a basket full of red apples—the one that stands out for being different. But I’ve decided to view my differences as unique, rather than feeling I am not like the others and therefore do not fit in. It is not my job to ‘fit in.’ My purpose is to develop to my fullest potential in the areas where I am gifted and excel.
While I may admire who you are and your accomplishments, it does me a disservice to try to be like you. I remind myself to keep my focus on developing my talents and to appreciate myself for all my little steps of courage along the way that lead to some measure of success however small. I am mindful also that even the failures were successful in teaching me patience, endurance and tenacity.
As I look over my shoulder I see who I was back then and who I have become. While I still have a long way to go, I smile to myself—happy with the progress.