I Am Not Like Others, and I Am Okay With That

i am not like others

i am not like others

Accepting That I Am Not Like Others

How do you spend your weekends? Maybe you spend it by going to the bars, catching up on all of your Netflix favorites, spending it with your buddies, or maybe even your significant other. It’s pretty common for most young adults to be doing one (if not all) of these things on a weekly basis. These are the things that young adults do, right? Well, not all of us. At least not me. See, I am not like others my age. My ideal weekends are spent relaxing, and being around my family.

I always wondered if there was something wrong with me because I am not like others my age. You know, not wanting to go out on the weekends, not enjoying getting blackout drunk, and just not wanting to be stupid.

The older I got, the more I questioned myself. Am I supposed to be like all of my friends? Am I supposed to enjoy going out to the bars and drinking on the weekends? I mean, it is what all of my friends were doing. Sometimes, my friends would even ask what was wrong with me, or why I was so much different than anyone else. Yeah, that’s one question that everyone wants to be asked.

Probably the worst question that I have ever been asked came from a friend who was blackout drunk. He asked if my depression was the reason that I didn’t like to “party.” Right then and there, it took every bit of strength inside of me to hold back my anger. I just told him it was because I didn’t want to act like an idiot, basically like how he was acting.

The truth it, I am not like others. I don’t enjoy doing most of the things that most young adults like doing. Over the last few months, I have started to accept that. It isn’t because I am depressed, or because I dislike people. I am simply just different. I would rather spend time with the people who truly matter the most to me. My family.

To me, family time is the greatest time. Through all of my struggles in life, my family has always been there for me. Through my many highs and lows, they are the ones who have always stuck by my side. They are the ones who know me the best, and they are the ones who care for me the most. To me, that is what true friendship is.

In all reality, I guess I am spending my weekends with my friends. Who cares if my best friends are my family members. They are the ones that I love, they are the ones that I enjoy spending time with, and they are the ones that I would take a bullet for.

So honestly, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with me. Even though I am not like others my age, I really don’t have a desire to be. What I do know is this. I know what is important to me in life, and I know that I am going to live my life how I want to live it. My life is fucking beautiful however I create it to be. I am going to chase my dreams, and I am going to surround myself with those who love me for the person I am. Every day, I am going to live my best life by just being me.  

Michael Bonnell



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