Reverb 10: Different

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

I wasn’t going to participate in today’s prompt. What makes me special? NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Anything I could possibly say, will apply to countless other people too. It’s the thing, these days, to tell everyone how unique they are and boost their fragile self-worth.

But I will, nonetheless. On their own, none of the characteristics that make me me are particularly interesting. But taken all together, that combination just might be enough to set me apart. Maybe. And If I can’t be narcissistic here, where the hell else can I do it?



  • But I still like to go out and dance every once in a while. Who wants to take me?


  • Unlike anyone I’ve ever met, I love cauliflower but I won’t touch broccoli.


  • I enjoy a lot of things that I’m decidedly mediocre at. Tennis. Guitar. Baking.


  • Yet, I’m very competitive. It’s why I’m glad my friends have different strengths than me.


  • I sometimes talk like I’m on Gilmore Girls and I wish more people would play along.


  • I’m good at listening (except when it’s people going on about the minutiae of their job) and prefer it to talking about myself. Apart from when Reverb10 encourages me to, obviously.


  • My threshold for annoyance is ridiculously low. If you get on my nerves, it will be patently obvious.


  • I crave compliments and positive reinforcement, but never know how to accept them.


  • I don’t do caffeine. Really. My stomach lining and wallet are grateful for it.


  • I never had any desire to learn to drive. Driving stresses me out to the point that I get clammy and trembly from all my nerves and senses being on high alert. And don’t even start on parking.
  • I stroke the numeric keypad on my keyboard when I’m deep in thought. Or bored.

But I disagree that these are what make me “beautiful”. Quirky, perhaps. Frustrating, sometimes.

No, I’m certain that these “beautiful” qualities are in fact universal: compassion, humour, and love.

2 thoughts on “Reverb 10: Different

  • Reply me in millions December 10, 2010 at 04:35

    I kind of struggled with this one too. And I think that those things make you beautiful because they make you who you are. What’s the difference between quirky and beautiful really? It’s just about what makes you unique and special… because you are you!

  • Reply gem December 11, 2010 at 11:10

    I could totally talk about my unique for hours, haha. Perhaps I will steal this for a blog of me-own… Excuse me while I stroke my chin. (Which is what I do when I’m deep in thought, but never when I’m bored. Granted it’s not necessarily unique, it’s actually cliche, but the fact that I act out the cliche daily is totally unique. Ish.)

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