www.whyville.net Jul 26, 2009 Weekly Issue

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Dare to be Different

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Have you ever heard the saying, "In a world where everyone's the same, dare to be different?" If not, now you have. I can effortlessly say that I live by this quote, and I truly hope that at the end of this article, you will live by it too.

The key motivation to my "difference" would have to be religion. Believing in God, going to youth, going to church, reading devotions, and praying definitely sets me apart from the classic, run-of-the-mill teenage girl. Now, I am not telling you to start becoming religious, but why not give it a try. Studies show that people who pray at night before they fall asleep have little or no sleep interruptions, which results in a much better sleep than a person who does not pray. I did not grow up in a religious family at all. Up until about a year and a half ago I rarely prayed, and never went to church. Then I met the boy who changed my life. He grew up in a religious family, and he brought me to find God, and when I found God, I found myself.

Another thing that sets me apart is my like for school. Everyone that I know dislikes school with a passion, but I truthfully enjoy it. I even enjoy doing homework too. It makes me feel accomplished. I have a higher grade point average than the preponderance of my friends because I put my time and effort into my work. School keeps me in line.

I am also different because I care about my health and stick to my beliefs. I love being fit and strive to be as healthy as possible. I do not drink, never have and never will, along with smoking and doing drugs. While all of my friends are out partying this summer, I find other things to do - things that do not involve a bunch of drunk idiotic teenagers. You may think that this is because I come from a family of non-drinkers but this is not true. My parents drink, grandparents, aunts and even my uncles do as well, and I will never be like them.

It's funny though, because while I go to church, love school, complete my homework every night, read a lot and stray from parties, I still manage to have a popular status at school. Why, you might ask? This is because I am very humorous and likable. I never mistreat any one, and I talk to people from different grades and different groups. I like to include everyone. If I sit beside the math whiz kid that nobody likes, I am more than pleased to spark up a conversation with him. If I am sitting near the girl who is tremendously shy, I also try to talk to her. It does not hurt to talk to people from different groups. It's a good way to make new friends, and even find people with some of the same interests as you.

Just because I sit with the popular kids and lunch, and dance with the popular girls for my school's dance team, does not mean that I have to act like them. My friends thoughtfully respect who I am. A lot of people tell me that they envy how pure I am. They tell me that they wish they could be like me, but why is it that they cannot make the change to be like me?

What do you think? Write about it in the BBS. Do you think that they think the transition is too tough? Perhaps they do not want to get made fun of because they are different. Maybe it's because they enjoy partying?

Being different is the best thing you can possibly be. Why sink to the levels of everyone else? Just because you're nerdy, does not mean you cannot be popular. Just because you go to church, does not mean that you have to hide that religious side of you from the world.

In a world where everyone is the same, dare to be different.

Memorize it. Love it. Live by it.

Do not waste your time being a clone of everyone else, be that needle in a haystack. You'll thank yourself for it.

Signing off in hopes that she inspired a few citizens!


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