Accepting and embracing ours differences is an important part of growing up is, but overcoming these struggles takes a lot more strength for some people.
Comedian and writer Cara Reedy, originally from St. Louis but now living in New York City, was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Though both of her parents are of average height, dwarfism happens at least once in every 15,000 births, according to the National Library of Medicine.
In an amazingly inspiring video for Digg, Reedy highlights the struggles of growing up and living as a little person, which can be often overlooked by someone of average height.
Reedy had a difficult childhood. It got to the point that she feared going to public places where she could be potentially taunted.
"My mom let me stay in the car once and then she made the decision that that was never happening again," Reedy said in the video. "She was like, 'Nope, you got to go out and face it. That's how you do it, you just keep showing up.'"
Inspired by her mom’s words, Reedy took life by the horns and began chasing her dream of being a writer, actress, and comedian. Being a little person in those industries, Reedy learned that she has to work harder than most people.
"I have to be a better writer, I have to tell better jokes," she said. "I have to do everything better because everyone already believes that I can't do it."
However, life is still hard for Reedy. She constantly has to deal with feeling like an outcast.
Especially when little people are often ostracized and made the butt of the joke in public settings.
"I get a lot of 'look at it' or 'look at that midget,'" Reedy said in the video. "Not, 'look at that woman.'"
It’s also frustrating for Reedy to have to explain that she is a person, just like everyone else.
All of this adversity has pushed Reedy to be stronger and wiser.
"When you're thrown things and barriers are put up, you have two options. You can turn around and walk away from it or you can push or climb over it," Reedy said. "That is the gift of being different."