Resilence Be They Name

The story of the Ugly Duckling is one of resilence and never giving up. According to Baz Luhrmann, “The ugly duckling is a misunderstood universal myth. It’s not about turning into a blonde Barbie doll or becoming what you dream of being; it’s about self-revelation, becoming who you are.”

A classic tale of searching for one’s identity it encourages people to find the confidence to never give up.  The duckling is told time and again that he is different,that he is ugly, however he chooses to not give in, searching for others like himself rather than assimilating and accepting certain ways. In the end he triumphs, becoming a beautiful swan that is admired in the pond.

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Why Don’t I Fit In?

While we search for our own identity as an alternative to assimilation and following the crowd, thus not becoming a carbon copy of others, we place ourselves in a position where we are sometimes ignored, ridiculed, bullied and mistreated to force us to conform.

There are many reasons people don’t fit in, you could be too much of a joker and not serious enough, too much of a nerd and too serious, your body or face are not attractive, you are of a different culture, you are homeless, you are too outspoken, you work too hard, you are a dole bludger, you are an alcoholic, you are gay, you are fat, you are disabled, you are a drug addict, you are too talkative, you are too quiet or shy, you are not into sports and the list goes on. Who’s judgement is this? Why is it so important to you?

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