He said, “ We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” ∼ Robert Fulghum
My daughter recently wrote me a thank-you letter upon graduating from primary school. In the letter she wrote, “Mom you’re so weird but that’s ok because I like weird”. I found this very amusing. What about me is weird? Is it the way I say funny things or perhaps speak my mind? Is it the way I do funny things on impulse which often gets a reaction? I suppose it’s my way of deviating from everything ‘normal or behaved’. A trait most people wouldn’t dare to explore. It allows me to be authentic instead of being someone or something I’m not. It allows me to bring a bit of fun and humour into the ordinary and makes life less predictable. Weird was something my mother taught me. The defining trait of a confident and lively woman which is both captivating and attractive. People envy weird. It’s the opposite of being part of the same cookie cutter.
Is it the way I sing out loud, or do star jumps in the kitchen? Is it the way, I say silly things to shock my family or grab them and love them randomly? Is it the way I talk to strangers or laugh deep belly laughs? Is it the way I ask questions of strangers or do things without knowing how they’ll turn out?
It’s our weirdness that makes us bond as human beings. Realistically, everyone has their own peculiarities and it’s both beneficial and exhilarating to express the weirdness of your personality. No one was ever praised for their exceptional mediocracy! Weirdness is a gift, a great asset. So embrace it and express it because the world needs more weird!
In my daughters words “ You do strange things that other mothers don’t do”, “You jump around and are funny”, “but best of all, you’re not boring mom!”, “even when you’re tired, you’re giggly and silly!”
How do you express your weird side?