When I studied at the University of Texas at Austin, initially I struggled to make good grades. Two years into my studies, I found myself at a crossroads. I was on the verge of being academically dismissed. It was during this time a friend of mine told me that it’s ok to be me. “Stop trying to be like other people and just work on being yourself,” she said, “You’re different but that’s what makes you unique. Just focus on you.”
By Rodrick Walters
It seems that no matter the places you’ve been,
somehow you never could seem to fit in.
Like two left shoes, it could clearly be seen
that you always were different—not a part of the team.
"Why is it?" you wondered again and again,
you always seem to be left out in the rain?
While they move with the crowd, you wait there in vain.
While they stand proud, you sit there in pain.
But listen to this: I know where you've been.
Don't look where I am—it's not what it seems.
I've seen many days where I didn't fit in;
how I longed to be free from that burden within.
The truth is your difference just makes you unique.
Don't let them convince you that it makes you weak.
You carry the answers that so many seek.
The lessons you’ve learned are all yours to teach.
For if everyone was all just the same,
we'd be the same person—just with different names.
Because you are different there’s much to attain.
You can make a difference—that truth is so plain.
Stand and be proud of who you are,
and let the world see that you are a star.
So let your light shine both near and afar.
The key to life's treasures lies within your heart.
The Upbeat Dad