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Celebrating Our Differences

“Don’t be afraid of being different, be afraid to be the same as everyone else!” ~Unknown~

It’s okay to be different! If we were all the same, it would be a really, really boring world! Could you imagine being the exact same as everyone else on earth? You would walk the same, talk the same, and eat the same thing as everyone else! It’s our flaws, interests, and different ideas that make us unique! It doesn’t matter if you’re from another country, have certain disabilities, or your part of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s okay to be different no matter what other people may think, or how others may feel about it. Just like a snowflake, you are special in your own way!

It’s okay to love whoever you love

“ Never apologize for whom you love, stay strong and express your feelings to others around you.” ~ Kate Getty ~ based on quote from unknown person.

That quote means that you should not feel bad for who you are or for loving someone of the same gender. You should never apologize for liking someone or feel unwanted because you’re different! The LGBTQ community is something that, until recently, was misunderstood and in some countries you could have been put in jail for being gay or lesbian. Many in our society is just realizing now that it doesn’t matter if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pan, or ace. It is okay to admit that your body doesn’t reflect who you feel you are on the inside. Just because you’re different doesn’t give the world the right to make you feel bad for it. We should be celebrating our differences and make each other feel special!

Ellen DeGeneres won the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from President Barack Obama after revealing to the world that she was a lesbian. She revealed that she was a lesbian in the year 1997 on her show called “Ellen”. There was a series of “Easter eggs” (which means clues) leading up to the big reveal in the final episode of the season. In one scene, when a couple of Ellen DeGeneres friends were on the couch and they yelled out “Are you coming out yet?” then Ellen replied “I’m in the closet!” as she jumped out of the coat closet jokingly. In the final episode of the season, “The puppy dog episode”, Ellen finally came “out of the closet” and told the world that she was a lesbian. After she came out, she got lots of mail thanking her for being brave and inspiring others that it’s ok to be part of the LGBTQ+ community. It doesn’t matter what you like or whom you like, it’s about what you think is right and how you feel about it! It has now been 20 years since Ellen came out and she is living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment of it! Through her show, Ellen raises awareness for the LGBTQ community. She is also able to help many charities. She donated $1,000,000 to hurricane Harvey relief, and has partnered with many organizations to donate money. She is an example of somebody who felt different in the beginning but has helped many see that it’s okay to be part of the LGBTQ community.

“Love is beautiful don’t hide it in a closet, express how you feel and you will become beautiful as well!” ~Kate Getty~ based on quote from unknown person

Living with a disability is courageous.

The worst thing about a disability is they see it before they see you!” ~Easter Seals~.

Over 1.1 billion people in the world have some form of disability. This means that 1 in 7 people in the world have a disability. This is close to around 15% of the world’s population. Out of the 1.1 billion people who have a disability, approximately 100 million of these people are children. Can you imagine if you couldn’t play with your friends on the playground because your arms or legs didn’t work properly, or getting really bad grades because you have a learning disability?

Emma Thompson says, “Being disabled shouldn’t mean being disqualified from every aspect of life!” I agree that this quote is true.

Some people who have disabilities don’t even know that they have a disability until they are grown adults. Some of the disabilities that can be slightly harder to discover can include certain learning disabilities such as a reading disability or a writing disability. Most of the people that suffer from certain disabilities live in developing countries.

Some people who have more serious disabilities, like being unable to move properly, may not be able to pay for the proper health care or help they need which is very serious. If they don’t have the proper health care, their disability\ condition could get worse than it already was. Around 80% of all people with disabilities can’t afford the proper health care needed. If they do have the proper help and health care needed, they could improve the disability slowly because they are around the people who actually can help them improve and learn more.

In 1985, Rick Hansen pushed his wheelchair out of B.C. and started the legendary Mam in Motion World Tour. He wheel chaired more than 40,000 km through 34 different countries. It took him more than 2 years to complete and he raised more than $26 million for spinal cord injury research. At age 15, Rick got in a car crash and had a really bad spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the waist down but that didn’t stop him from accomplishing new things. Rick Hansen was the first student with a physical disability to graduate physical education from the University of British Columbia. He then became a world-class athlete he also competed for Canada in the 1984 Para-Olympic games and won 19 wheelchair marathons including 3 world championships. In 1987 Rick was appointed a champion of the Order of Canada and has won several honorable degrees. He is a positive role model dedicated to improving the world around him. Rick Hansen is the president and CEO of the Rick Hansen foundation and has raised more than $178 million to spinal cord related programs and initiatives!

“The biggest disability in the world thinking negative thoughts, think positive and good things will happen!” ~Kate Getty~ based on quote from unknown person

Diversity makes the world interesting.

0.50 percent of the world lives in Canada. Coming from another country can be a really scary especially if you don’t know anyone who lives where you are moving or near where you are moving.

Canada is in the top 20 for being the most diverse countries in the world. Because of all the people that have moved here, we are also one of the most cultural countries in the world. In 2012, Canada welcomed more than 257, 515 immigrants in. Canada also holds the world record for the most foreign residents in the world! We are one of the most famous countries for accepting all races and beliefs.

Thanks to all people from different countries, we also have to most different food selections as well. Everything from a-z is great about Canada. We also have lots of different languages but our 2 base languages are French, and English. All of the people who moved to Canada also brought their languages such as Mandarin, Spanish, and Kannada. If you were to move to Canada, or you have just moved to Canada, you will find that it’s a great place to live. This is a free country that is full of great opportunities!

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Live in the moment.” ~Hellen Keller~

It’s okay to be different. If we were al the same we wouldn’t be able to learn from others or live with excitement and explore the world! We would be “stuck in time” and be bored of doing the same thing every single day. Be different and change the world! It doesn’t matter if you’re from another country, have certain disabilities, or part of the LGBTQ community, it’s okay to be different no, matter what!!

Be a fruit loop in a bowl of cheerios and stand out from the crowd!” ~Kate Getty~ based on quote from unknown person.

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