Experiences are essential. The good and the bad. It is how we get to be who we are and where we will be in life.
So many try to change who they are, to meet some set of norms, live in a box, versus being themselves. So what you dress differently, eat exotic cuisines, listen to ethnic music, have multiple piercings, work a grassroots job - do you!
Be proud of your individuality. Flaunt your uniqueness. Share yourself, as the true complement to your community and enrich the culture.
Do not beat yourself up over things in life that did not happen the way you would have hoped. So what! What does not kill you, makes you stronger. Wiser.
The challenges in life, the miracles you experienced, the odd jobs, the broken hearts, the cuts and bruises, are all that you need or needed to be the wonderful you that you are today. Stand tall. Smile big. Strut.