The Things That Make You Strange Are The Things That Make You Powerful

The message that Ben Platt delivered at the end of his Tony Award acceptance speech was, “Don’t waste any time trying to be anyone but yourself, because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.”

If you have seen the movie Pitch Perfect, you may remember Jesse’s eccentric roommate Benji, played by Ben Platt. This talented 23-year-old recently won the Tony Award for lead actor in the musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.”

The message that Ben Platt delivered at the end of his Tony Award acceptance speech was, “Don’t waste any time trying to be anyone but yourself, because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.”

Artists come in many forms – actors, writers, singers, dancers and even business professionals. With the latter, the architect of the business strives to make his or her platform stand apart from similar entities. Its uniqueness is often questioned and rejected- mainly out of fear. A leader will plow through with the idea, for they stand in their truth.

The philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer said that, “All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

If it wasn’t for the individuals who dared to step out of the box, we wouldn’t enjoy many of the great luxuries we have today, nor benefit from the great healing methods of those who challenged the norm.

This past issue of AARP magazine focused on those in their mid to late 50s – illustrating the trailing baby boomers who are more settled and bring in wisdom and confidence. They are also not afraid express themselves. Christina Ianzito, AARP writer summed it up with, “Ah who cares? I can be who I want to be.”

So, no matter what age you are – for those of you who feel stifled, don’t be afraid to unleash your creativity. This is true authenticity. An unknown author said, “When you dance to your own rhythm, people may not understand you, they may even hate you, but mostly they wish they had the courage to do the same.”