"You don't have to be "different" to stand out in the crowd, you can be yourself but just need to stretch yourself to rise above the ordinary."
One of friend's brother said this and my friend conveyed me this message. I find it so true. The other thing that struck me, was that I have tried to be like that this way all my life.
Sometimes it has been due to the situation. Sometimes its been a conscious decision to do so. But whatever it has been, it has been a good one at the end of the day.
Another poem that comes to the mind is by Robert Frost, The road less traveled. Beautiful poem.