We opened a carton of eggs and noticed a strange one in the bunch. It was basically the same size and color, but the shell had a completely different texture than the rest of the dozen. I had never seen an egg like that one, so it became the topic of conversation. We mentioned that at one time or another we have all been the odd egg in the dozen. We all experienced being the one who did not fit in, no matter how hard we tried.
It can be a tough road when you don’t fit in, when everyone around you looks the same and you look different. Sometimes we look different due to our own choices. We choose to present ourselves the way we want, which may not fit with everyone else’s expectations. Our clothes are different and we like it that way. Sometimes we look different due to our family ancestry, hair or eye color. Sometimes we look differently because of our height, age or gender. Whatever it is, we do not fit the mold and that can be uncomfortable. When people look around the room, we do not seem to fit.
Not fitting in can also be a blessing, a gift, an opportunity. Being different allows you to see things from a unique perspective, and any group needs a wide variety of perspectives to succeed. What a boring world it would be if we all looked the same, talked the same, acted the same, and thought the same. Being different means you have chosen to be brave, a trailblazer, someone who lives outside of the norm. And that is something to be very proud of. In a world that is trying day after to day to make us like everyone else, it takes great courage to be an individual.
Put it this way, the egg we talked about and which opened the opportunity for us to spend time sharing our own experiences was the different egg. It was a great conversation and is now the topic of this post. That would not have happened if all the eggs had been exactly the same. Being different leaves it’s mark on the world, and the world will never be the same.