Strong Girl Saturday: Different? That’s Way Okay! By Elaine Stock

Today’s Strong Girl post is written by friend and fellow author, Elaine Stock. Can you see her? She’s the kindergartener reading a book in the corner because a speech impediment tossed bricks between her and the ability to make easy friends. She’s the one whose mom pushed her into awkward social situations that made her feel as if she were an elephant balancing on a tightrope while she watched her mom seclude herself behind a closed door. She’s the serious one, yet a dreamer, the one who writes stories. She’s the one who clung to God even before she understood the full meaning of faith. She’s me. And I used to struggle with being what others typed as “different.” The red and gold bracelet shimmy down her arm The ankle bells clanks and rings She hears music and dances steps that calm Closing her eyes to life’s stings. Others laugh They tease, they taunt They think they’re cool, but they’re only half If they really had it all, they wouldn’t have to flaunt. She hears the One who loves her so much Her confidence isn’t dependent on the cruel Her esteem, rather, comes from Him who has her in His clutch She learns to love the others, but lives on His fuel. (© Elaine Stock) It’s taken me many years to learn that it’s okay to be me. Really, I’m not a bad person. Not freaky. Don’t mess with drugs or drink. I do no harm to others. I admit to owning a few quirks, but nothing in the too-seriously-weird category. What I’ve come to realize the past decades of my life is that everyone—without an exception—is singular, as well as we should be. God created each of us in His image, but like each kitten with patches and zigzag stripes or like each snowflake that falls, we are all unique. If we obey God’s words, then our individuality is very okay. The popular singer, Taylor Swift, recently said, “Maybe you’re not meant to fit in. Maybe you’re supposed to stand out.” Yay, Taylor! What a bold statement from someone in today’s times who is pressed to be outrageous, but instead is creating her own way and is enjoying each day. Be true to yourself. Be a good person. Believe in the One who created you with an expressed purpose. You won’t go wrong. Rejoice in the good stuff. Ignore any discouragement. Author Bio: Elaine Stock never expected that a college major in psychology and sociology would walk her through the see-saw industries of food service and the weight-loss business; co-ownership with her husband in piano restoration; and ten years in community leadership. All great fodder for creating fiction. In the...

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