Thank you for reading this blog. I have never felt like I fit in or that anyone really got me for a long time. But today I know that what makes me me is also what creates something different and beautiful in the world. This blog is about celebrating that difference every day for 90 days.

This blog is about celebrating that difference every day for 90 days.

I hope you will join me in celebrating your differences as well.

The first story I will tell is when I felt seen for the first time.

I was 19 years old and my sister was barely 16. She had invited her friends over our parents apartment and since I lived there I decided to hangout with them. I did not expect for anyone to really talk to me since they seemed to only speak to people who smoke or were cool. I did not smoke and I did not think there was anything cool about me.

That night, a friend of my sister had brought along a couple of American friends. We lived in Paris, France and I was already planning on moving to the States so I was pretty excited to talk to real Americans.

One of them started talking to me about what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I told him I was planning on going to a major film school in Los Angeles and be a movie director. He was a little bit older, mid 20’s maybe and he was very calm and collected. After a few minutes of conversation, he paused and said “Everybody thinks you are a fragile flower but you are not. You are a strong rock.” My whole body and being resonated with what he was saying and this is when I realized that people were judging me a certain way but I was very different. He had seen it. He had seen me.

I never thought anyone ever saw me for anything else than what they said about me: smart, good girl, a little lonely and creative. I never thought anyone ever noticed I was indeed very strong.

Now, all I wanted was for many more people to see it and most of all, accept me for who I truly was, not who they judged me as.

It came much later on but that moment, that little sentence gave me some hope and made me smile big for the rest of the night!