Has anyone ever looked at you like or told you that you’re just a little bit weird?

I can’t tell you how many decisions I’ve made in my life in which many of the so-called non-weird people around me have looked at me like I’m a crazy, weird lunatic.

But is it really so bad to see and do things in a different light compared to the rest of the regular world? I’m not so sure about that…

WEIRD, STRANGE, DIFFERENT OR UNIQUE?

Just like there is endless miscommunication with language barriers when roaming foreign countries, I think there’s a little miscommunication when it comes to understanding some of our own English language as well!

If you look the word “weird” up in the thesaurus you’ll find most of its synonyms are words that we should be proud to have in our repertoire of characteristics:

Awe-inspiring, Curious, Eccentric, Unique, Exceptional, Deviating, Extraordinary, Fantastic, Unorthodox, Uncommon, Atypical, Wild, Crazy

Want to know what the antonyms of weird are?

Normal, Standard, Usual, Customary, Regular

I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be the former over the latter. I think being weird is sexy. It’s exciting, adventurous, and it makes life interesting. If no one in this wild world was weird, everything would be normal, and that’s just boring.

WEIRD IS THE NEW AND OLD COOL

I guess my whole life I’ve always been a little weird. I started off young as a tomboy wearing nothing but baseball caps and plaid shirts. On the weekends you’d find me building the most awesome tree house in my backyard and playing in the mud with the boys. You would not find me prancing around in a Cinderella dress playing with Barbie. Not even close.

Nowadays I love cute dresses and wear lipstick when I go out, but back then, well, let’s just say my Uncle had to pay me $15 to put on a pink dress once!

And to this day I’m still weird.

Except now I’m just a weird girl in cute dresses who seems odd to the rest because I choose to live my life walking a different route than what most people would say is normal. I have these big plans to do these big things and there’s simply no other way for me.

HOW AWESOMELY WEIRD ARE YOU?

So, what about you? If you think about it, it’s not too hard to stray off the path of what’s considered normal and standard.

Take world travel for instance. Let’s say it’s your dream to travel the world, write about your experiences, and support yourself through whatever other passions you have. (Hey what do you know?! That’s one of the dreams I’m on a mission to turn into a reality as well! 😉 )

Now imagine walking up to a group of five people and telling them that this is what you’re doing. How do you think they’ll react? Of course they’ll be impressed and WOWed, but it’s quite certain at least one of them will find your idea a bit strange and off-beat.

Don’t you want something more stable? Are you sure you can take care of yourself? Is that really the most responsible way to live your life? And what’s so special about experiencing other cultures and countries anyway? Aren’t you being a little unrealistic? Maybe that would be better as a hobby rather than a profession?

Not everyone is going to understand why you’d want to trailblaze, or choose a less stable route, or do something that’s not so normal compared to the rest of the normal world.

And that’s fine. This kind of path is not for everyone. But if it is for you, then be damn sure not to wander back over to that paved trail because a few boring chaps think you look a little weird paving your own somewhere else. We write our own stories and its up to us to define the plot, not anyone else.

STAY WHO YOU ARE

Back in my tomboy days I will admit that maybe I was a little weird for not being into all the girly stuff. I’ll also admit that some of the kids in my class thought I was a little weird too. I brought Hammers and Nails and G.I. Joe to show-and-tell for goodness sake!

But you know what? I look back on those times and I smile. Maybe those old days of being a bit of an odd ball taught me that it’s cool to be different and it’s possible to be unique or eccentric or a little crazy and come out ahead and on top.

As one of history’s trailblazers John Eliot once told us, “History shows us that the people who end up changing the world – the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries – are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.”

So, when it comes to your dreams, your interests, your journeys, the way you dress, the way you view life, the risks you take, the changes you create, the projects you start – let them be as weird and crazy as they can be. Because in the end, normal and standard may be more safe, but weird, wild and crazy are a hell of a lot more fun, and a whole lot less boring.

And one last thing. While it may seem like you’re the only one sometimes, look around, because there are plenty of other crazy, sexy, cool, weird people paving their own trails that would love to cheer you on. Me being one of them.

Here’s to being Weird. 🙂

Has anyone ever told you that you’re a little weird? What unpaved path are you creating today? Do you ever wish you could just be okay with the “standard”?

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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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