While out shopping this weekend, I couldn’t resist and bought a few new items. As usual, these were unusual! Vintage Partyware can now offer a swan ice sculpture (yes that’s what I bought; well a mould) and two large glass lanterns. I don’t know where my love of all things ‘different’ comes from, but I can honestly say that I’ve never liked the ‘norm’! And this got me thinking – why do we have a ‘norm’?

Every single person who has ever lived, or ever will live, is unique. Even identical twins. You are truly ‘one of a kind’. So am I. Everyone knows that we share the usual bits and pieces that most of us have in common, such as certain essential body parts, but the similarity ends there. Everything you have experienced in life has made you what and who you are. You learned things others did not while they were learning things that you did not. Yet we are taught to confirm to a ‘norm’ from an early age – school uniforms, fashions, the latest gadget. Why?

I think we need to start celebrating our differences and what it is that makes us unique. After all, where would we be if everyone conformed to the ‘norm’. Science and medicine certainly wouldn’t have progressed to the incredible stage we are at today. And, just by you being uniquely you, you will have changed someone else’s life somehow. Think about it for a moment – those who you love or love you, their life would be so incredibly different if you were not in it, being you!

We each only have one life, so let’s feel free to be different. Embrace uniqueness. So, what ‘different’ things are you going to decide to do today, this week, this month, this year? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

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