I know this is getting ridiculous, but I, too, would like to respond to the barrage of articles on being strange. It seems that people make it more of a competition to be strange or different than an attempt to be oneself. Why can't we accept that we're all different? I have yet to see a "normal" person. By saying "all of those normal kids" are alike, you're being just as prejudiced and stereotyping as the people you're complaining about. But, if you're still out to "break the mold," make sure that you aren't compromising yourself at the same time. If you think you're "normal," and that's who you are, who's to tell you to go out and be different? The point is to be happy with yourself, whoever that is!
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.