Tolerating differences.

I was just thinking the other day. Picture this. I am a social worker. I have long(er) hair. I’m known to wear tie-dyed shirts from time to time. I wear Birkenstocks. I’ll let you take a wild guess where my political sentiments lie. However, I recently joined the National Rifle Association. The other day I received a nice hat from the NRA in the mail after joining. I’ve thought about going to the gun range I belong to wearing the Birkenstocks and an Obama ’08 t-shirt with the NRA hat. Why? To mess with the heads of the people who belong to the gun range. My wife mentioned that I might be criticized for not fitting the mold. I responded that I might actually get shot!

My point is, in my 40-something years of life, I have learned that it is OK to not fit everyone else’s thoughts of who I am. What is important to me is that I am who I am. When I work with a lot of clients, I find that they have had difficulty being who they are if they are different.

Thankfully, junior high is over for most of my clients. It is important to be who you are, even if you don’t quite fit the mold.

What are ways in which you don’t fit the mold today? Are you OK with being different?

Oh, and don’t worry, I’m not the kind of therapist who puts a gun to your head and says, “change”. 🙂

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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