Unique is scary.
There is a creative tension between fitting in an being unique. Most people will error on the side of fitting in, following the lead of what culture says we should be. Nobody really wants a world where we are all the same, even if we think we want everyone to agree perfectly and be just like us. The combination of tattoos and pink hair standing next to the suit and tie provide a beautiful diversity to the human species. Don't get me wrong, it is not all that easy to embrace our differences (see the political scene for an in-you-face example) but do we really all want the black Model T Ford because that is all that is offered? There is a beauty in the spectrum of differences. Finding our place within the tension and how far we are willing to go to find and be our true selves is a journey that all must take. Some take the journey early in life and some choose never to buy the ticket. The mix of physical characteristic, personality, preferences and talents you bring to the table are unique and must be shared. I happen to be a recovering technical type that has shunned my creative side (until now), love living barefoot and sneeze really loud (trees fall when I let loose). Celebrate who you are and resist the temptation to conform strictly because society can't handle the real you. I am learning to appreciate the pink hair.
Have you bought your ticket and taken the journey to figure out who you really are? How do you embrace those that are different than you? How do you judge those that are different than you? What is a practical step you can take today to push back against the temptation to hold others in contempt? How do you celebrate your uniqueness?