Lidia Yuknavitch: The Beauty of Being a Misfit

Amercian writer Lidia Yuknavitch in Paris, France on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Photo: Andrew Kovalev ( for Les Editions Denoёl

Here’s a great TED Talk by author Lidia Yuknavitch who has struggled all her life with being a misfit. In her thirties, she had dropped out of college at least twice, been in rehab, had two failed marriages under her belt, spent time in jail, and lived under a bridge dealing with the sorrow of losing a child the day it was born.

She talks about being offered glittering opportunities and being too overwhelmed to grab them. It’s really interesting to hear someone express her sense of shame so humbly. Spoiler alert (and note to self) – she wishes she hadn’t given in to it.

To those who feel like they don’t belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance. “Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful,” she says. “You don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty.”

Lidia Yuknavitch’s website

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