From the “It” to the “Other” (Drawing)

By Rachel Baker

(This piece is a nominated entry to "Who Am I/Who Are They" Multimedia Essay Contest)

“The Other” was never something you wanted to be, simply put. “The other” was synonymous was the outsider; not us,  but the other, not what you wanted to be, but the other. In fact, that’s what it was all about, making sure you were the “it” and not the “other.” Which was easy enough, what when everyone’s ideals were aligned. It wasn’t until coming to this place where everyone’s starting lines are different and lead to a world of varying finishes. Now I know that to be the other is not something to avoid and fear, but rather to strive for. To be “the other” is to be everything but the status quo. Everything but normative. Everything but expected.