Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It, By Prerna Mohan, 5th Grade

When I look at myself and others I see tons of differences which makes me realize that everyone of us is special and unique in their own way.  One of my differences is that I have mildly dark skin and I am not Christian.  Although it may not seem like much it matters to me because it affects my life.

One time this difference made me uncomfortable was when I was sitting at lunch and everyone was commenting, “Don’t eat meat.  It’s Ash Wednesday.”  I knew in my head it had something to do with Christianity.  I sort of felt that I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t go to church.  Sometimes I feel like I want to be just like them.

However, being a different religion and dark skinned also helps me.  There are advantages and disadvantages. I am considered a foreigner and being a foreigner helps me empathize with others who don’t fit in.  I have learned to accept that I am not like everyone else and my difference also benefits me.

This difference has taught me that everyone has something that makes them, them and you need to accept that fact.  Always look on the positive side, not on the negative.  I may feel like I don’t fit in, but it also gives me the ability to empathize.

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