Did you triumph over a bully? Did you make a friend in the strangest of places? Are you thinking about or did you recently come out to friends/family? Is your story not so extravagant, but empowering all the same? Would you like to share your story with others in the hopes that they, too, might find the courage to stand up for themselves and others? To hold their fist high and shout “I am a misfit! I am socially abstract! I don’t need to fit in with the world, the world needs to make room for what I am.”
We’re weird. We’re oddballs. The freaks. The geeks. The nerds. Eccentric. Fantastic.
And maybe you’re not. Maybe on the outside you’re like everyone else. But behind closed curtains you’re jumping around to David Bowie and maybe I’m Not Alright by Shinedown is secretly your theme song? Maybe it’s time you embrace the weird. Because trust me, it’s much more fun to say “Thank you!” when you get called a freak or a weirdo, than it is to hide yourself.
But maybe you’re not even a weirdo! Maybe you just happen to be a cheerleader who isn’t a stereotype. Maybe you’re a football player that loves to read.
I want to hear your stories. I want to show you that you have a bigger voice than you might think. No matter who you are. No matter what social group you may or may not be part of.
There is a submission box below for you to fill in your story of triumph. Give me a pseudonym to publish and please omit or change all names in your story. I’ll go through submissions and choose one I like to post on the blog. Don’t worry, I’ll do my best to get them all eventually!
Note: Please keep your stories clean. I will pass up anything vulgar, sexist, racist, homophobic, or intolerant to other social circles. My best friends in high school included a ‘popular’ blonde, a navy brat, and a drama/poet creative. Just because a letterman picked on you, doesn’t mean all lettermen are bullies. Break the stereotypes. Right?
So…what’s your story?