Few days ago I saw a movie “Wonder” about a young boy with facial differences who starts attending a school. This heart warming and inspiring story of how a boy handles glaring eyes and hurtful remarks of everyone around him strikes empathetic cord deep down in your heart.

Most remembered scene from this movie was when Auggie’s family comes to drop him to the school for the first time. While saying goodbye to him his sister whispers into his ears “If they stare let them stare. You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”

As a child I was very overweight and not at all good with any kind of sports, I was always mocked by everyone for being overweight I had no friends, I became more and more of introvert and loner.

Over past few years due to hectic work life, long travelling and stress I lost weight. So from being referred to as “fat” people started calling me “Skinny” someone even questioned me “You are so Skinny Do you even eat?” (I am not underweight by any means and there is no reason for this question but still I had to face it)…….

Moral of the story is people will always have something to say no matter what, never take it to heart just remember “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”

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Gautami Bhandare


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4 thoughts on “Stand Apart

  1. So beautiful and true.

    Agree, some people can’t keep their mouth shut. For example, last year while pregnant, people were always asking why my belly was so small and if I was expecting at all. You can’t please everyone…

    So, keep standing out!

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