For all of my life I have felt different. As a child I was very aware of not fitting in and was bullied relentlessly to the point where I hated myself for being who I was. Now as a grownup, I am thriving because of my unique worldview and creativity, and I am so proud to be unique! It is my special way of looking at the world that makes me a valuable writer and thinker whose ideas are now taken seriously as wise and even visionary.

I cannot travel through time to tell my childhood or high school self this message. But I can put it out here to my sisters all around the world who are also bringing change and enlightenment. This is what I want you to know: Being yourself is beautiful. You are not like the others around you and that is not an accident -- it is a blessing! You are special! Be proud of who you are. :)

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Dear Rebecca, if its any consolation, I have been there, facing that relentless bullying (after years, finally I poured it out here in World Pulse http://www.worldpulse.com/node/44131 So as one who had same experience and overcame it, I can tell you that things do change, that we are not condemned for life. We are beautiful indeed and we can create a beautiful world.

Stella Paul Twitter: @stellasglobe

I am curious how this change happened? From "hated myself" to "so proud to be unique".By the way, I read your blog, I think it is wangderful jobs, but it is a pity that I can not see the picture bucause of the firewall.