The pressure is real. To fit in. To follow the crowd. To copy or comply.

But the truth is the world needs your unique voice.

“Some friends may not be the right fit for you. You are valued and every opinion is unique and important.” -Tarun, Boulder

“Not everyone will be as awesome as they should be, but you can still try to find those awesome friends. They aren’t true friends, if they don’t listen to what you want.” – Amelia, Durango

When you find the courage to embrace and celebrate your true self, people will be drawn to you for who you are — and that feels good.

Explore real stories from young people who decided to be themselves. See what they learned along the way.