Imagine a world where you are the only person that held your beliefs and values. Everyone else is opposed to the fundamental values that you hold to be truth with such love, compassion, and kindness. People do not treat each other this way and are expected to compete with one another to advance their own individual needs. Can you imagine a world like this? Would you still hold true to your values although you would be viewed as an outsider and shunned for holding different beliefs?
Before you are too quick to answer that your values and beliefs are innate to who you are, recognize that most of what you hold to be true has been taught to you. If you born into a Christian family system, you did not celebrate and observe Ramadan or Hanukkah; most likely you and your family observed holidays like Christmas and Easter. The things that we are taught hold great value to who we are and the beliefs and values that we hold to be true.
Standing for something that you believe in and value is not an easy feat. It takes a great deal of courage and strength to fight for something that you believe in, even if you are the only person who believes in it. We live in a world where we are outcast and ridiculed for taking the road least traveled. We are expected to fall in to line, while our character, sanity, and well-being is often threatened because of our decision to stand up for our values and beliefs.
You were born to stand out. People will come against you for having different thoughts, ideas, and opinions; however you shouldn’t let this sway you from holding on to your truth. Sometimes this will mean standing alone in a crowd to fight for the cause. This is how leaders are born. Leaders choose to do something different while everyone else is content with being and acting the same. It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. Be different. Stand out. Stand alone.