Growing up I was never the cool girl, my hair was always frizzy, I wore the nerdiest glasses and had rainbow colored braces, I had no idea what the key to being happy was to simply embrace your weird. I had a rolling Lisa Frank bag paired with our blue school uniform (picture Ravenclaw plaid) yearning to be a part of the popular group. You know, the pretty blonde girls with straight hair that always wore their skirts a tad bit shorter than the rest of us.
Sometimes I would eat lunch alone, get in trouble with teachers for reading Goosebumps in class, was picked last when it came to sports, told jokes that no one but me laughed at, and I still played with my Legos when everyone else had moved on to makeup and boys. Let’s talk about being the resident weirdo.
When Did Society Decide That Being Weird Was a Bad Thing?!
Being labeled weird when I was younger was a bad thing, and I don’t really know why or how that came to be a negative thing. Being weird meant you were not like everyone else, you definitely did not sit with the Plastics, and you sort of never fit the conventional mold, whatever that is.
If I could go back and talk to my younger self, I would tell mini me to OWN IT. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being weird, it’s really just another word for being unique or different. It’s not sticking to the status quo (no matter how loud the Wildcats sing it). Being weird is part of who I am and helped me get where I am today. All those girls that I wanted to be and hoped to be, still live in my hometown, plus their kids are going to that same school wearing that same Ravenclaw-ish uniform. Let’s just say I’m glad I did not change myself to fit into that group because suburban life is so not me.
My weirdness told me I wanted more, that I was meant for more. I left home at 21 and ventured to a different country, ended up living in Los Angeles, met my partner in crime, traveled the world, lived in so many places and started my own creative business.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with what they did, good for them! Everyone has their own path. My point is, embracing your weird is embracing who you are, what makes you unique. Embracing your weird makes you confident, helps you tune out society and their unrealistic expectations of what you should do at a certain age and it gives you the freedom to be yourself.
Embrace Your Weird and Unlock Your Awesome!
I love being weird, I love that I still watch cartoons and actually enjoy them, I love that I get to go to Disneyland anytime I want. I love randomly talking in different voices and singing what I’m doing without realizing it. I love every aspect of myself down to my frizzy unmanageable hair. Everything society deems weird is what makes me, me. The fact that I rather watch animated movies than boring adult ones, wearing different colored socks, putting hot sauce on everything and still tell jokes no one understands.
Being weird is not something bad, it’s something truly special that will make you stand out in the world. It is like a superpower that gives you confidence and pushes you to go further. It’s your secret sauce. Are you with me?
We are all special snowflakes, so embrace your weird! What makes you different? What makes you, your awesome self?! Let me know in the comments below 🙂