My entire life, I’ve always had a variety of “weird” friends with unique personalities. Theatre geeks, band and choir nerds, cheerleaders, circus performers, athletes, computer enthusiasts. Although society may have judged them and classified them as “weird” for whatever reason, I never did. I found people in each of these groups that were the most hilarious, loyal, and fun-to-be around people I had ever met. I’m still friends with a lot of those people today.
I mean, what does the word weird even mean, really? Every now and then I’ll turn on the television to find shows like My Strange Addiction or Wife Swap. It amazes me how these people have found spouses that are equally obsessed with the same unusual passion that they have. I don’t know about you, but it’s not every day that I meet someone who has a gingerbread obsession where they collect gingerbread figurines, stuffed animals, have gingerbread furniture, have a gingerbread doll that they take with them everywhere they go, and add gingerbread spice to ALL of their meals. Yet, this particular lady has found a man that not only accepts her gingerbread addiction, but shares it with her. How do these people find each other?! I mean, seriously, they are so weird!
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out.” -Dr. Seuss
Truth is, we’re all a little weird. We all have some sort of unusual quirks or untraditional qualities that make us weird to some, and absolutely captivating to others. Everyone has their own personal definition of weird. What’s considered “weird” is different from person to person; and that’s what makes life so beautiful. Because each and every person, regardless of how different they are, will always find a group of friends or a significant other that will completely embrace their weirdness.
The first step to being a truly, happier version of yourself is to embrace your weirdness. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Don’t let the opinion of others prevent you from being the custom designed individual that you were created to be. The world needs more people who fully accept and love themselves…and their eccentricities.
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” –Oscar Wilde