You feel different? Why that's a good thing.

You feel different? This man does, too. Look at him jumping in the air with an umbrella.

You feel different? This man does, too. Look at him jumping in the air with an umbrella.

It's OK to be different

The world doesn’t need you to be perfect. The world needs you to be “a little off.” Remember, you need to be healthy enough to function, but you don’t need to function a certain way. You need to be able to go about your day, but how you go about your day is up to you.

If you feel different, it’s because you are different. It's OK to be different. We all have to find our way in life, and the life course that feels most meaningful to you is not necessarily what society sells you.

Find out what makes you different

The process of personal discovery is an intimate one; it requires you to tap into raw emotions and be exposed. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you connect your mind with how you physically feel. Tuning into the internal vibrations of what inspires you is a never-ending journey. Put yourself in enough situations that challenge you, and you see your emotions as guideposts. If you commit to developing your mental acuity and to becoming a student of the emotional and the visceral, the world opens up. And then your intuition will naturally reveal the path that feels right for you.

If you commit to developing your mental acuity and to becoming a student of the emotional and the visceral, the world opens up — and your intuition will naturally reveal the path that feels right for you.

Mental health exists on a spectrum. The creative ones have always lived on the fringes. They’ve always been out there, on the far ends of the spectrum. Anxiety reinvented is the ability to exhaustively plan and overcome. Depression rediscovered is an increased capacity to be thoughtful and empathize. Experiencing a wide range of emotions is to be in touch with a wider range of human experience. Strive to understand it. Be curious, and use what you learn for good.

Experiencing a wide range of emotions is to be in touch with a wider range of human experience. Strive to understand it. Be curious, and use what you learn for good.

Normal is to tame and control what you feel, but embracing your mental health unveils your emotions as resources to be extracted and tools to be used.

And then be different

It's OK to be different

Normal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and what is normal anyway? Normal is socially constructed, and for the tinkerers out there, the edifice of what is normal is to be constantly chipped away. The world needs you to take normal structures and re-envision them, grasp normal ideas and re-imagine them, walk normal trails and re-blaze them.

So, being "normal" is to view your emotions as suspect and your mental health as a foreign landscape.

But what happens when you learn to disavow normal and trust yourself is that you’ll find you don’t always want to do what’s normal. That’s OK. Because it's OK to be different. Normal is only normal until it’s the “new normal.” The world needs you to take us there.

Still not convinced that it is OK to be different? Read this next: http://www.nerve10.com/face-youre-flawed/

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