My friends call me a weirdo. Yes my own friends. It could be because of my unconventional pursuits and passions, but I also strongly believe it is because of the personal aura I exude.
I am assertive, bold, feisty, vivacious, socially awkward and calm… all at the same time.
How can one person be all different personalities at once? Crazy right?
I exhibit both extroverted and introverted tendencies,and it’s not easy to be able to find a label that allows me be both at the same time. I don’t fit into any one stable category.
So I just flow with ‘weirdo’ very easily.
The beautiful thing about being a “weirdo” is that I can be anything I want to be. I’m not restricted by rigid conventions. It enables me to become different versions of myself at different times and with different people. When I’m changing is when I feel most normal.Being multifaceted has much strength for obvious reasons.
Unlike the introverted and extroverted personality types that are oftenroutine and predictable, being weird affords you the freedom to be true to yourself and do what you really want without having to disappoint other’s expectations.
Now that I’m done telling you how awesome being crazy is, let’s proceed to understanding what it means to be weird and why you should embrace it too.
Let’s go to the dictionary to find a proper definition to this.
“Dictionary Entry: Weird.
- Suggesting something supernatural; unearthly.
- Induce a sense of disbelief or alienation in something”
When I first looked up the dictionary meaning of ‘weird’ and read this definition, I recall thinking,“This doesn’t describe me”, and I was right because it really did not.
This definition held a negative connotation that I did not like, so I started to research more and out of all of the definitions I saw, I liked these two from Urban Dictionary the most:
‘A non-conformist who does not follow trends or a subculture.’
‘A true ‘weirdo’ will just do what they feel, and can get along with most people.’
‘This person does not actually conform to a stereotype and shouldn’t be labelled.’
In conclusion, it is someone that does not see and fit into the world like the majority.
Researching deeper, I found out that 80% of the inventions we have today were createdby said weirdos. These were people who defied the status quo.The rebels, square pegs in round holes and the nonconformists.
These are the likes of the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, William Shakespeare, Karl Benz, Alexander Graham Bell, Benjamin Franklin, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
If you look closely, you will see weirdos all around you.Individuals, who dare to be themselves and refused to bury their quirks under society’s standard of ‘normalcy’.
So, who are the weirdos of today? Who can we look to inspire change within us.
They come as Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Mark Zuckerberg, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, Marilyn Manson, Donald Trump ( Yes! THE Donald Trump) and many more.
To be weird is to be unique.
To be weird is to be wired differently.
To be weird is to be special.
To be weird is to be fun.
To be weird is to have a super power most people do not understand.
Your weirdness serves a PURPOSE.
Do not tame it by trying to be like everyone else.
Who you are is enough.
I love how renowned novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, puts it:
“You do not have to twist yourself into shapes for people to like you. The world is such a multifaceted, diverse place. Someone will love you just the way you are.”
Here are SEVEN quotes to inspire you to being yourself and embrace your weirdness.
- “Blessed are the weird people – poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters & troubadours – for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” -Jacob Nordby
- “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.“ – George S. Patton
- “We are all a little weird. And we like to think that there is always someone weirder. I mean, I am sure some of you are looking at me and thinking, ‘Well, at least I am not as weird as you,’ and I am thinking, ‘Well, at least I am not as weird as the people in the loony bin,’ and the people in the loony bin are thinking, ‘Well, at least I am an orange’.”- Jim Gaffigan
- “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the “play-it-safers”- the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” -Cecil Beaton
- “People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.” -Dan Quayle
- “It’s weird not to be weird.” -John Lennon
- “Weirdism is definitely the cornerstone of many an artist’s career.” -E.A. Bucchianeri
Cheers to being weird and embracing it.