5 Best Things About Being Multiracial

Sometimes being multiracial can be the hardest thing in the world. Being multiracial is an experience that is a juggling act all in itself in that I have had to learn how to juggle both of my parents’ races, while at the same time maintaining a sense of who I am at my core. Growing up, I didn’t live in a place that fully accepted my multiethnic and multicultural background. As a result, for a while, I even grew to loathe the fact that I was multiracial. At one point, I would have given anything to be monoracial because I wanted to be just like everyone else. It goes without saying than that being different, or being perceived as different, is very hard. It is hard knowing that you sometimes have to explain who you are to other people. It is hard knowing that people will look at you and make assumptions based on preconceived racial and cultural stereotypes. It is hard knowing that the world still sees people as black or white, or one or the other, and never both. It is hard that despite how far we may have come, there is still a long way to go.

But despite the difficulties I have encountered during my own multiracial journey, I can look back today and say that I am proud to be multiracial. It has been a long time coming but there is so much good that comes from being a product of more than one race. In this article, I want to share with you the 5 best things about being multiracial.

5 Best Things About Being Multiracial

5 Best Things About Being Multiracial

You are like a human chameleon.

What I love about being multiracial is that I am basically a human chameleon. A chameleon is a reptile that can change its color in order to adapt and reflect its own environment. Think about it. Chameleons have the innate power to change what they look like. While I can’t change what l look like at will (not without plastic surgery anyway), I can however act as a human chameleon in the sense that I can easily relate and fit in with different groups of people. Depending on who I talk to, and where I am, one of my halves tend to dominate and be more somehow at that particular moment.

Being multiracial means that I am essentially part of more than one racial group. That means that I can have a conversation with someone who is hapa one moment, and then the next moment, I can chat with someone about something else. For example, a few weeks ago, I was chatting with someone who is half Asian about some common racial stereotypes we’ve encountered. And then the next, I was chatting with someone about their and mine European ancestors immigrating to America via Ellis Island.

If I wasn’t multiracial, then I would not be able to have these different conversations with people of different backgrounds. I wouldn’t be able to relate to them as I do now. Because I am multiracial, I am able to help bridge that gap. This is huge in the sense that it helps me to better connect with more groups of people. This is huge in that I can reach out and connect with someone I wouldn’t otherwise connect with. Sometimes having a shared or partial shared ethnicity can be the bridge to making genuine and authentic connections.

You are more self-aware.

I think that most people who are multiracial have a journey of self-discovery at least at one moment in their lives. When you live with your foot in both worlds, it is inevitable that this happen. When you are a part of both, you are not sure what you are, so you wonder, you ask, and you later define who you are based on how you feel. I have had to traverse this fine line of self-discovery nearly half of my life. It is only now, in my thirties, that I feel as if I am finally done. But really, that journey is never done. There is always something left to discover about me and that will never go away. This journey of self-discovery is even more paramount in people who are multiracial because we face it everyday, but it is necessary for everyone to go through in order to grow.

After growing and going through this journey of self-discovery during a huge part of my life, I find that I am more self-aware than the average person. I have had to learn more about myself. I have had to question things that the average person might not have ever had to. I have had to ask myself why I am this way, or who I am. When you go through life questioning yourself, then that makes you a more inquisitive person, always asking, always wanting to know more. And that’s not such a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all.

You are an example that not everything is black or white.

In today’s world, people unfortunately still see things in black or white. You are essentially this, if you aren’t the other. But when you are multiracial, then you are not black or white. You are not one or the other. You are both, but at the same time, you are neither. You are part of something else that is very real, amazing, and authentic. You are not just your mom, or your dad. You are your own person.

Nothing is truly ever black or white. Everything is unique. Every person is unique. And the sooner we realize that not everything needs to be categorized, then the better for us. The sooner we realize that we can live without this incessant need to fit things into boxes, the better it is because that brings us one step closer to being tolerant and open-minded. When we see beyond the boxes laid out in front of us by society, then we are finally seeing the full potential that life can bring us. We have a lot to learn still. We need to be willing to look past the lines that society has drawn for us. Instead, we need to create our own boxes.

The words 'think outside of the box' scrawled on a chalkboard.
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You stand out from the crowd.

Being multiracial means that you are different. Being different means that you stand out from the crowd. While sometimes this can be a bad thing, there is good in standing out too. I think the best thing about standing out from the crowd is that you are not forgettable. People will most likely not forget you, particularly if you have features that they have never seen before. They will remember. Sometimes they may wonder and sometimes they may walk up to you and ask you what are you.

But the important thing is that you will be remembered. You will be seen. And in today’s very visual social media obsessed world, being different is actually the best arsenal you have toward making it “big.” Because when you are different, people are intrigued and curious. They want to learn more. Sometimes it can be a little bit too much. But the point is, they want to learn more about you, and that can be a good thing in that you can use it as a platform to educate them about what it is really like to be you. Because no one does you better than you.

You are an inspiration.

Being multiracial means that you are different and people will naturally be curious about you. It also means that you are an inspiration. You are someone people can look to to take the lead. You are someone who can inspire a new generation of people to be less racist and more tolerant and open-minded. You can inspire people to know that not everything is as it seems. You can inspire them to the realization that what’s different can be the most beautiful thing of all.

Conclusion

In short, I love being multiracial. I love that I can seamlessly fit into more than one world. I love that I am unique. But most of all, I love that I can be someone who can set an example for the future of this world. It is obvious to me that this world is never going to be the same. Things are always changing. People are changing. Little by little, we can open people’s eyes to be just a little more tolerant so that in the future, race will no longer be something that people will use to classify people. Instead, everyone will just be their unique, amazing self. And that should be enough.

It will only get better.

What would you add to this list?

Please help me grow!

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

14 thoughts on “5 Best Things About Being Multiracial

  1. Hi, Helen! Great to see you back at the keyboard!! 😊
    Someone noted, and I may have repeated here, if we all woke up at 6am one morning and found that we are all the same color (we ARE already the same race 😉), if we found we are all the same religion, the same socio-economic strata, the same nationality, by NOON we will have found something about which to be prejudiced.
    Such judgements are problems of unredeemed hearts that have to pretend, “I’m better than so-and-so,” and will only be changed when one-by-one they have a change of heart, and only Father in Heaven can change a heart, AND even He won’t do it unless that heart is willing.
    Again, good to see you back.
    Blessings,
    c.a.

    1. Hi! Thanks for the reply! That is an interesting situation. I agree that if if we are all the same , we would still be determined to find something different . I think it is human nature to distinguish one from the other. We may hate it, but I suppose it can be a blessing as well. Because if we were all the same (and we are of course) and didn’t find anything differences, then I imagine the human species wouldn’t last very long. I think it is this exact mindset that has given us the ambition and determination, as well as intelligence, to survive up to this point.

  2. Very well written and always very thoughtful. I really enjoy your posts for the pure feelings and lessons they give us. As I was reading the thought of also being multilingual crossed my mind as being another way to bridge cultures and help people feel comfortable.

    I remember an incident at Disneyworld in Florida. We were watching a little parrot do some tricks at one of the side attractions. At the end an American flag poped out of a box and the man behind me asked (in German) “Should we stand up?” I turned around and told him no, it was just a show, also in German. He was surprised and thanked me. We bumped into them several times later on and had more brief conversations…each time he was grateful for my help. Even my very rusty German helped him feel more at ease and we somehow connected.

    1. Thank you for sharing this! You are right that being multilingual can also help to bridge cultures. I am also multilingual and have encountered many situations in which I had to thank my lucky stars for knowing how to speak those languages because of the opportunities that it gave me, as well as meeting people from different cultures and countries. And that is always a good thing

  3. Welcome back Helen! Thanks for bringing such a lovely post. Although I am not multi racial, I have a multi racial son so its nice to hear your perspective. Hope all is well! ❤️

  4. Helen you are an inspiration to people everywhere! Your posts have really opened my eyes on many topics that multiracial people experience. Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

  5. I myself am mixed race (thats how we say it in the UK). My mom is white and my dad is black. I really love that I have two really different cultures in my life and I have been fortunate to experience different ways of life and different foods. However, one thing that I do not enjoy is the fact that I often feel like I don’t belong because of these boxes people like to put you in.

    If you looked at me, you’d just assume I was white. I’m not black enough to fit in with the black community, and I am not white enough because of my mixed heritage to fit into the white community. It can be a really hard thing to navigate and always remember feeling this way.

    I have noticed too because I look more white than black, alot of people seem to feel comfortable expressing racism or racial slurs around me. Which is 100% not okay obviously. But I notice casual racism more and more.

    I love my heritage and love where my families are from. I think we need to educate others more about mixed race people!

    Just my thoughts 🙂

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