Category: Being Different

Rumer Willis

“As a teenager I was super awkward. I never felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked. People were nasty. People would say  that I looked like a man or something called a buttaface. Potato head was a term that everyone used a lot and basically made fun of the way I looked. For years I thought maybe I can get plastic surgery. If I change my face, if I get really skinny,  then that will be it, that will be the answer. IT’S NOT!  My sister Tullah was in rehab and I was really inspired because she didn’t try to hide from it. She owned it. She was in the mindset of saying, ‘here are my flaws and it’s okay. I’m still me and I’m still beautiful and it doesn’t matter.’ I just realized that I could feel the same way and I need to stop listening to the bullies. No matter what you look like, no matter where you’re from, you’re completely deserving of love and value.” Dancing With The Stars

Nick Vujicic

“My experiences with bullies left me feeling intimidated, depressed, anxious and sick to my stomach. If you know my personal story, you’ll remember that most grade school days ended with tears and on one occasion led me to a failed suicide attempt. I didn’t tell my parents when I was picked on because I didn’t want to upset them. I thought I could handle it myself, but I was wrong. I should have told them. As I travel around the world talking to tens of thousands of  young people, it is evident that no one is immune from being bullied. This epidemic is not unique to North America. Bullying is a global issue.”  Nick’s book, Life Without Limits

Sandra Bullock

“I was rejected in school because I didn’t look like the big-breasted, beautiful girls. I was awkward and sad. My mother always said, ‘Be original!’ but I didn’t understand until I changed to be like everyone else. Once I fit in, I was like, ‘what have I done?’ I realized that my friends before were much cooler, with a great sense of humor and a way of looking at the world that was more fun. But if I
hadn’t gone through that, I wouldn’t have been driven to make my oddities cool. It’s what made me have a sense of humor and thick skin.”  In Style Magazine


 

 

 

 

Justin Timberlake

“Growing up in school no one ever called me anything close to an innovator. They called me different, they called me weirdthey called me a couple other words I can’t say on TV. Thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing…that being different meant you could actually make a difference.”  2015’s i Heart Radio Awards Ceremony

“I wrote this song [Can’t Stop The Feeling] because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together. If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are trans — or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee. Anyone that is treating you unkindly, it is only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are because being different means you make the difference. So f— ’em.” 2016’s I heart Radio’s Winning Song Of The Year