My youngest memory of feeling rejected for having a different perspective was around 2nd or 3rd grade. I was a shy kid with a really big heart. I would get so upset and cry when my classmates would get in trouble by the teacher. I don't think I was afraid that I'd be yelled at but was so humiliated, uncomfortable and just felt empathy for my classmate. They didn't even have to be a friend or someone I particularly cared for. I just did not like the confrontation. I loved to play hop scotch or chinese jump rope. New versions of pat- a- cake and group jump rope with songs was on the top of my list, too. Around this time, joining a club was really popular. I have an entrepreneurial spirit so decided to start a club. Somehow, I figured charging to join the club made it more official. 10 cents would do. I didn't really have a plan for the funds, it just felt right. At recess, I knocked on the convent door and asked the nuns if I can use their steps for my new club's meeting place. With a warm smile, this elderly nun agreed. I drew up some flyers and waited. I had a great turn out! Everyone chatted with each other, excited that the group was large and this would be a very popular club. Then the question came. "So what are we going to do in this club?" Well, what do you do in a club? I looked around the school yard with kids playing on the playground, that doesn't require being in a club, kids playing tag and kick ball, no need for a club there. I got it. Boy was I quick on my feet. I proudly projected my announcement. This was the perfect club. One that our school desperately needed. Every day during recess, we will clean the school and pick up the trash. I didn't get the roaring cheers I expected. Instead, most everyone grabbed their 10 cents adding that they'd rather just play at recess and didn't want to be in my club after all. I tried to point out the flying wrappers and how impressed our teachers would be. I did have my best friend at the time stick by me. But we didn't pick up any trash. We just sat and sang to hand clapping games. We at least had a prime spot on the convent steps. I think, I was really surprised that no one saw the benefit in cleaning up the school and of course the adult approval. I have never based my opinions or beliefs on what is popular but rather, what I feel is right and what my instinct tell me. I don't worry so much about approval, but I do surround myself with real friends. We may have completely different opinions on things, but that's good. I love to learn so if you share something with me and it enlightens me, just know that I may share something with you that may enlighten you. We are all feeding off each other's energy. Send out those good vibrations and you will receive them in return. Start something new today. Even if it doesn't go quite like you planned, you will always learn something new about yourself. Keep growing!