Maybe you dress your own way, or you have a thick accent people have trouble with. When someone points out or questions your differences, address them as a teacher to keep frustration at bay.
We’re all different in one way or another, and some of us have to hear about those differences on a regular basis. Whatever your situation is, if you take the opportunity to help those people understand, you might find yourself feeling better, rather than frustrated, that they didn’t understand in the first place.
Tiny Buddha says:
Like I mentioned, many of my friends are straight, and they were under the impression that I was too until I surprised them one day. So along come the awkward questions: “Did you always know you were into women?” and “Does this mean that you don’t like guys anymore?”
Instead of getting frustrated, I decided to use this opportunity to teach others about being in a same-sex relationship. This was vital once our daughter came along too, and we are so open with anyone that asks about her conception and any other questions they might have about her existence.
We use it as an opportunity to teach that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that a child can thrive with two mums or two dads as much as they would having both a mum and a dad.
Use whatever is different (or, as I like to call it, rocking) about you to teach others.
Sometimes people just don’t realize, or are ignorant to things they don’t know much about. Once people know, they tend to change their tune. They become supportive because they have more of an understanding. People are just scared of what they don’t know, so inform them.
Sometimes when someone doesn’t understand you or the way you do things, you can make a teachable moment of it so you both come out ahead. You’ll feel confident in yourself, and they’ll learn something they didn’t know and, hopefully, be closer to you as a result.
3 Surefire Ways to Embrace Being Different | Tiny Buddha
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