Is it wrong to be different? Does it make you a bad person to stand up for what you think is is right? Sometimes a lost soul is not an indication of a blank mind it is just a matter of being misunderstood. It is not wrong for your children to want more than what you had. Let them challenge the unknown and the people who do not believe in them, for that is what builds strength. Strength and courage and, let’s not forget couriousity, is the the backbone of tommorw’s leaders. Do not allow yourself to sulk in the should haves and would haves if things were different. Things only change when you make them change. Learn your past, stay in your present and question your future. Do not be passive with your voice. I used to think that those who questioned the out of the “norm” were strange but the truth is they are just misundertood. I wish more people were like that!

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Alex Mueller can be found running and cycling the streets and suburbs of Boston, taking long sojourns in rare book archives whenever he can. He teaches English at UMass Boston, serves as Book Review Editor for Arthuriana, and writes about digital pedagogy, open access publishing, and medieval literature.

6 thoughts on “Misunderstood….

  1. I agree, Alice Walker, to the farthest extent to almost everything that you have claimed. These "different" people, like you and I, are however not that different at all, with the exception to the way we perceive our world. If no one stands up for what they believe in, then proper changes will never be made, and we as humans will never come to better ourselves. "Misunderstood" is a brilliant word, which perfectly describes 'different' people who stand up for what is right. We are misunderstood for the people of the social norm, the ignoramuses without the ability to ask such questions… the people who dare not change out of fear, due to the lack of this enlightenment. Therefore, Alice Walker, do not feel "different" or misunderstood, for you should be celebrating your great ability to rise above, as you already have.

  2. Dear Alice,To answer your initial question,no! There is nothing wrong at all with being different. I say embrace your differences! Challenge what's considered "normal". What is "normal" anyway? Question everything; act on your curiosity. Going through life accepting the way things are is no way to live, that is merely existing.

  3. I believe that everyone is different and unique in their own way. It is right to believe and stand up for yourself if you think that you are right. You are right about this people should follow what they believe in and if people don’t think they can be successful then it will only make them stronger to try to prove everyone wrong. People should indeed learn from their mistakes and people should be more confident and should believe in themselves.

  4. “I used to think that those who questioned the out of the "norm" were strange but the truth is they are just misundertood. I wish more people were like that!” I am so glade that you changed your mind this is very inspiring

  5. Madam Walker! I really must sayA woman like you would be out of placeIn a time like mine where it's the man's wayAnd his woman must be at his side, a faceMoving beyond what has been given to youWill only lead to a troublesome lifeBut I know the attempt of moving throughA world of setbacks and dramatic strifeI am different because I can thinkI can express myself in ways they can'tI can make my life different, I thinkI can best them when they think that I shan't

  6. I could not possibly agree with you anymore. People sometimes are quick to judge people who decide to live their life differently. Why? I do not know. They are misunderstood and often have much to offer but no one takes the chance to find this out. It is easiest to point fingers and reject the unknown especially when it is staring you in the face. To want more for yourself and your children is not a crime. Do whatever you can to accomplish this.You will, in the end, be better off and wiser. Reach out to those people that you speak of not being the "norm" and tell them it is okay to be different and embrace it.

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