I've always been weird. As a little girl I much preferred my own company and had a very hard time understanding my peers. I had very few friends but I had no problem at all keeping myself entertained with magazine clippings, construction paper and glue.
In my teen years, my weirdness started to really come through in my fashion. I wore fake nerd glasses looooong before it was cool. I wore tiaras, thrifted sports jerseys with mini skirts, men's neck ties and customized my clothes with paint and markers.
By then I knew I was weird and accepted it. I was picked on but I never fought back but I never backed down from being who I was. The other kids finally grew bored with picking on me a learned to accept me. I never tried to change who I was - I wasn't proud of it or even striving to be weird.
That's just who I was and I didn't know how to be anyone else.
|Me and my daughter|
In my early 20s I had a sudden awareness of my weirdness and I was ashamed. At that point in my life I was surrounded by total norm-core adults in a cubicle job at very nice bank with a strict dress code. I stood out so much that I was embarrassed to be me. I began to dress more conservatively to look more like them tried my darnedest to hide my quirks. I didn't do well. After moving to another position in the company I found myself being picked on for being odd. YES! Picked on by grown women!
Soon I had enough of being treated like poo for being different. I put in my two weeks notice and quit with a smile on my face. In my unemployment time I began to regain my identity and learned to love myself again. I finally got my first boyfriend, a guy that loved me for me and who was just as strange as me. We married a year later and six years down the road we have two kooky toddlers that clearly have picked up our weird DNA. We're one weird happy family!
It's ok to be weird! Just as long as you're not hurting anyone, do whatever you want and be whomever you want. Can you imagine how boring the world would be without oddballs like you and me?
“I'm too wacky for most weirdos. Who am I to judge?” --Tori Amos
"We are all born originals - why is it so many of us die copies?" -- Edward Young
"When we allow ourselves to exist truly and fully, we sting the world with our vision and challenge it with our own ways of being." -- Thomas Moore
"I know what I look like - a weird, sad clown puppet. I'm fine with that." -- Rainn Wilson
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.” -- Winnie The Pooh
"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful." -- Alice Walker
“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.” -- Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter series
"I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird." --Paul McCartney
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” -- Maya Angelou
"You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same." -- Jonathan Davis
"I was always fascinated by people who are considered completely normal, because I find them the weirdest of all." --Johnny Depp
“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” -- Albert Einstein
"If you're a human being walking the earth, you're weird, you're strange, you're psychologically challenged." --Philip Seymour Hoffman
"Maybe your weird is my normal. Who's to say?" --Nicki Minaj
"I've always straddled a weird line - there's a lot of mainstream stuff that I love. At the same, I still feel like an outsider. I'm the outsider who's on the inside." --Zooey Deschanel
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” --Oscar Wilde
"I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love." --Dr. Seuss
"I think everybody's weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it." --Johnny Depp
"To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting." -- e. e. cummings
"It's weird not to be weird." --John Lennon