Karen Walrond: The Beauty of Being Different

by Migdalia Rivera

Are you different? Do you sometimes feel as if you do not fit in? Or perhaps try too hard to fit the mold? If so, thats “The Beauty of Different”.

Karen Walrond, a keynote speaker at Blogalicious 2009, tried to fit the mold for several years. She followed the pattern most of us were taught: attend college, obtain a degree(s), join the workforce and climb the ladder. By society’s standard she had achieved the American Dream. She was prosperous, earning a salary most of us would envy, with material goods that many of us will never see. Yet was she happy? No. She cried every morning before going to work, had anxiety and wasn’t centered. Worth it? Not on your life.    

Karen was different. She felt it. Others did as well. As she stated, “I wasn’t what they expected.” Yet this difference made her stand out. It wasn’t a detriment because she didn’t let it become one. Do you?

Look around you.

What do you see?

I see people of all shapes and sizes, rushing through life, racing to get to the finish line. A line that never seems to get any closer then it was before they started the race. The money, the cars, the houses all seem to get grander as they shrink and shrivel.

What do you see?

I see a select few, daring to be different. A pep in their step, a radiant smile, a joy that cannot be absconded. They do not race along or wear the masks. They are a splash of color in a world of gray. They. Are. Different. 

What do you see?

Look in the mirror.  Embrace yourself.

Then dare to be different,  dare to be beautiful, dare to be you. 

Luncheon and afternoon keynote by Karen Walrond was sponsored by  Disney Interactive Studios.

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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