Sometimes we all need a little reminder that we’re wonderful the way we are. We don’t need to try & fit a certain mold. You are you. There’s no one else like you, and you are a very special creature. You are a unicorn. So love yourself for the special person you are.
Growing up, I really struggled with being happy being myself. I cared way too much about what other people thought of me, therefore I went out of my way to change things. As young as first grade I would do (or not do) certain things just to fit in. I would wear whatever clothing was trending, yet I’d feel totally uncomfortable. I pretended to like certain music that I actually couldn’t stand. Attention: I Kara Leslie Aragon have NEVER liked the Spice Girls!!!! I stopped certain hobbies of mine because the kids I wanted to impress thought they were lame. I even stopped being friends with a couple of girls because they weren’t “popular” enough. And it only got worse…
Once I was in Middle School, I liked the power of being a “cool kid”. I did pretty much everything that I had to do to “stay on top”. Getting real here… I would play truth or dare & say/do all kinds of things that I didn’t actually want to say/do. I was so mean to so many people because it was “funny” to be a bitch. (I HATE that I was like that more than ANYTHING!) Peer pressure got me hardcore. I started smoking cigarettes at age 12 because it literally didn’t get more badass than that. Until it did – with weed, alcohol, & other drugs. What started as just doing things to fit in, turned into me being stoned 24/7, failing all of my classes, dropping out of school, & continuing on addicted to cigarettes for the next 14 years. Also, keep in mind that while I let everything my friends were into define a large part of me, I also let everything that my parents, grandparents, & other family members believed define the rest of me. I had no individuality whatsoever…
UNTIL I did! I just like had an epiphany one day – really! I just woke up & totally stopped giving a fuck about what anyone thought about me. I quit smoking weed because I didn’t like it anymore. I quit drinking because, well honestly because I had way too many bad experiences. I still had friends pressuring me to do all kinds of things but I was finally mature & content enough with myself enough to say, “NO!” I stopped sneaking into clubs because that’s not even where I wanted to be. I stopped being embarrassed that I like certain music, movies, etc. I started sharing my poetry, artwork, & most importantly, my honest opinions. I embraced my weird quirks instead of hiding them. I realized that I was in control of myself & that I decided who I am & who I want to be. If people don’t like who I am, screw em’.
Aside from my amazing Lorenzo, I am the only vegan in my family & group of old friends. I am the only atheist, the only non-republican & I’m pretty sure the only non-racist as well (pst. they’re the kind of racists that don’t even know they’re racist & I can assure you I’m working on them! lol but not lol). Those are just some of the things that make ME great! Haha. People think I’m crazzzy because I have NINE animals, plus whatever random number of current fosters. People think I’m weird because I don’t eat the crust to my pop-tarts, I wear socks with flip-flops, only use ketchup that’s in packets, freestyle raps to my dogs, only wear one contact by choice, etc. And you know what…they are right. I am freaking weird. And I embrace the hell out of it. For I am a unicorn.
I’m weird. I’m unique. I’m special. I’m me. You do some weird shit too. You’re human. You’re unique. You’re special. You’re you. Our one-of-a-kind-ness makes the world go round’. If we were all the same one-dimensional ass people, this world would be so lame. So embrace your quirks, your imperfections, your individualities, for those are the things that make us all diverse & interesting. You are a unicorn: rock on!
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