Living as a minority: How to survive in a world catered to the majority
Society may be seeing progress in accepting every individual’s lifestyle decisions, but animosity and division between different groups of people based on simple and, almost always, unchangeable characteristics remain. Innocent people are bullied, harmed, and killed on a daily basis due to discrimination against race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and so much more. Whether it’s alterable or not, characteristics are what shape our identities and form who we are as people. No one should ever feel ashamed to be themselves.
Here are some tips on how to stay strong in the face of discrimination.
Confidence is key.
If you walk around trying to hide a certain quality, people will be able to tell. Others are able to pick up when someone feels negatively towards a certain topic. Instead of slinking down and covering up parts of yourself, walk with confidence and pride. People will see your confidence, and it may inspire them as well.
Fake it ‘til you make it.
It may seem like a crazy idea, but it truly does work. It can be incredibly difficult to feel confident about something that can cause criticism, but try to fight through it. Mind over matter; if you tell yourself you’re happy with who you are, you will be. The more you smile about it, the more confident you will become.
Be proud of who you are.
Every time you look in the mirror and think, “Wow, I look good today.” Hold onto that feeling. Try to attribute those positive emotions to whatever it is that is causing you to feel insecure. Whenever you see yourself succeed in that quality, take note of it. It’s so much better to point out the good than the bad. The more you find in yourself to be proud of, the more confident you will be.
Shake what your mama gave.
When you feel bad about yourself, look at the successes of those who gave you these qualities. Look at all they have accomplished and how they have used these qualities to better their own lives. It’s easy to find inspiration in watching those close to you do what they love. You will develop a more positive self-image when you’re able to see where you came from and the amazing things that have come of it.
Though discrimination is a tough situation to deal with, you are stronger than you believe. When you stand tall and stay proud of who you are, nothing can hurt you.
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