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Why I feel “different”

The idea for this blog was supplied to me by Robert who asked me “what is your favorite perk of being different?”.
Excellent Question.
He is the first who mentioned anything my blog’s name. And other than in the “About” page, I haven’t really said anything about the topic either,  other than hoping you guys would find out through my blogs why I’m a bit unconventional 😉

But let’s sum a few things up!

Appearance
You probably wouldn’t be able to tell so much now, but as a kid I had really dark features. Dark hair, pitch black eyes, something that looked a mustache (yup).
I guess us, Eastern European women, tend to have this a bit more 😉
I came to the Netherlands in a small town with very little foreigners. So yeah, I did stand out between all the blonde hair, blue eyes kids.
Somehow during the years, my appearance changed and never ever had somebody mentioned to me that I might not be Dutch.
Funny ha?

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Vegetarian
Yes, I’m one those self aware vegetarians 😉
Not precisely. Being a vegetarian has actually not been amazing for my health.
More than once I have been brought to the hospital because I’d pass out during my “monthly party”. They call “anemia”.
Yes, nowadays it might be hip to be Vegetarian, or even Vegan, but trust you me, back in the 00’s IT WAS NOT.
And why did I become a vegetarian?
Youth trauma.
I grew up in a house about 500 meters away from a slaughter house.

Being a girl
There are plenty of girls, yes.
Unfortunately not in the chess club I was in, nor when I studied engineering.
Now, I do prefer teaming up with men much more than with woman. But really, sometimes you just need a friendly female face 🙂
And especially when you’re going through young adulthood, I would have preferred a bit more interaction from the same gender.

Being an introvert
It seems to me that extroverts are much more accepted in this world. They show themselves.
I didn’t like being in the center of attention. But that doesn’t mean I don’t talk!
I’m just not good in large groups.

I like self mockery
I don’t mind telling a few embarrassing stories about myself or even make fun of the mustache I used to have 😉
I have met too many people who prefer to put the other on the spot, in a meaner way than they would do to themselves. If that’s how you get your fun, HAVE A NICE LIFE and don’t come near me 😉

Do you recognize yourself in my story? Have you ever felt different than the large amount of a group?

 

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “Why I feel “different”

  1. ALways have felt different for a number of reasons

    Very tall and skinny as a kid (like 6-8 inches taller than my friends)
    This was due to a genetic disorder which was spontaneous in my case (neither parent had it) So technically I am a mutant.
    I was a geek before they were geeks – right down to the taped together back plastic coke bottles i wore on my nose. Read a lot in a family where books were scarce.
    I ended up being the only non-catholic(and a pastor at that!) in a large Italian Catholic family!

    Used to hate being different…..

    Now I see how God has used it.. incredibly.

    Still not sure about it, but rejoice when I see the results.

    You aren’t as alone as you think

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    1. That’s quite a story!
      I knew i’m not alone. I just wished that people like you were around me! I never bothered being popular or cool!
      Thanks for sharing tour story 🙂

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  2. For some reason, this reminded me of a blog (please don’t read, it’s terribly long) which the title alone fits with yours: https://canaryinthecoalminebook.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/moody-monday-hearkening-back-the-coalmine-looms-the-era-of-super-size-me-lives-on/

    Okay. that was the original name. lol. The actual title (now) is “The Perks of being a Statistical Outlier”…

    Completely understand. the introvert/extrovert thing. I’m SEMI-vegetarian, which is somehow even more confusing to meat eaters. And, well, love chess… not an engineer, but gearing towards research none-the-less…

    Nice to meet you.

    Thanks for the likes and follow. Looking forward to catching up. 🙂

    Cheers.

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    1. I read the blog and I very much liked it. I’m guessing you’re from north america? I have been there a couple of timed and was amazed by the food industry! It was fun for a couple of days, until constipation hit me.

      I have like an outliner and probably still do a bit!

      Thanks for your comment and the link to your blog! Definitely we will keep in touch 🙂

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      1. Yes. North American. The Western/American Diet supports an ever-growing Hydra that is the Western/American Pharmaceutical and Healthcare system… *sigh*

        I would ‘lol’, if there were an ironic way to do so. 😉

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  3. You are a very good writer and I know that you have liked a bunch of my posts lately and I want to apologize for being too busy to check out any of your writing till today. I just started following you. I know that I am an oddball, but I enjoy being different.

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