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What If the Ugly Duckling Never Turned Into a Beautiful Swan?

Photo by melethril on Unsplash

There’s more than one way to interpret the classic and beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, but at the heart of them all lies the idea that the ugly duckling was never good enough as he was, and had to change to be accepted.

Awkward young people will grow into their true selves and find people who will accept them. After they grow up.

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Maria Shimizu Christensen

Maria Shimizu Christensen

Writer. Maker. Featured in Medium’s 2021 list of Stories That Started Conversations. I write about life. https://www.mariashimizuchristensen.com