By CysterWigs Contributor,\nWe live in a dangerous place. And by “dangerous” I mean ideal. A place where some things, people or situations have been deemed “the only acceptable type’’; a place where there is no room for improvement or diversity. This is a dangerous way to view life or live life because it gives no room for originality. People who aren’t the “ideal type” are often seen as odd or weird. And when you’re odd or weird, you might be considered an outsider or a freak. It’s sad. If that’s ever happened to you, please know that you’re fine the way you are. If you’re happy with your life and comfortable with who you are, then more power to you! I’m pretty sure you also know that people who are quick to the label are usually unhappy about their own lives. Being comfortable in your own skin means that you’re unapologetic about how you live your life. If you like to wear flip flops year-round, good for you. If you like to keep to yourself, there’s nothing wrong with that. You probably know that already. You’ve also probably heard countless friends or family members call you weird for doing things outside of their norm. It can be tough, but just ignore them and do what makes you happy. Don’t Shadow Other People’s Lives It’s okay to be unique. I know sometimes it is advisable to have role models and people we hold in high esteem. It’s okay to be inspired by them, but don’t ever feel like you need to copy their lifestyles and make them your own. To grow as an individual you have to experience life on your own terms. But this can’t happen if you’re trying to be someone else. Seriously, It Doesn’t Matter What They Think As I said, it is a dangerous world we live in. But in order to live a life you’ll be proud of, you need to stop caring about what people think of you. No matter the skin type or body type or gender you are, you are special and you matter. It is the first motto you should live by. You’re in charge of your life and letting other people decide everything for you is just going to ruin any chance you have in discovering and embracing yourself. #GoodVibesOnly This might be a little bit underrated but it’s true that the things and people who surround us influence our behavior and lifestyle. So surround yourself with people you can trust, people who care about your mental health and people who want to see you grow comfortable and flourish in your own being.