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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to Be Different

There are many people out there who want to be "part of the crowd." If you want to be the leader and stand out from the crowd instead, then this article is for you. It's a wonderful feeling to know that you are original and unique.


1. It is okay to imitate a variety of people in small ways. This is called "inspiration". For instance, you may adopt Jackie Kennedy's habit of speaking softly, Audrey Hepburn's hairstyle, and your best friend's sarcasm (but don't outright imitate her, this is annoying).

However, do not buy an item of clothing that one of your friends already owns (another colour is often okay, however). By adopting habits that you truly love, and developing your own interests and personality traits, you will discover your true self.

2. Adopt outfit ideas from a variety of sources. For instance, your shirt may be influenced by Ralph Lauren's latest collection, while your cool skirt might have been inspired by the 1940's movie you watched. (PS: Dress the way you truly want to, don't get too caught up in being different.)

3. Find good friends with diverse interests. They will aid you in being more confident.

4. Be intelligent. Because if you know everything, you can better decide who you want to be. Be the kid who reads "A Doll's House" and "Gossip Girl".

5. Remember that self-discovery is an ongoing process. The person you are at 15 is not who you will be at 22, or 49, or 97!


· Don't act superior to those who are not different. Many of them truly like the styles they wear and the TV shows they watch. Remember, popular things are popular for a reason. Don't dismiss them, as you may truly love them. You could be astonished by "The O.C."'s wit, or fall in love with The Plain White T's.


· Don't label yourself. Just because you feel that you are a "gangsta" doesn't mean that you can't love ballet.