Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

~ William James ~

Happy Weird

November 2nd, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 22 secs

Yes dear. You are weird too.

We are all weird. Though I admit, some people are weirder than others.

No, I’m not referring to happy folk with one eye up on their forehead. Or people who board a train talking in funny voices, laughing maniacally. I mean, the kind of happy weird, of eccentricity and uniqueness.

You might think you’re pretty straight-laced. But I bet you do some things that others would immediately think are strange. Thank goodness! The happy aspect of weirdness is that it gives us difference; something to laugh about, and maybe be humble for.

Consider the happy side of odd behavior. Your little gestures and positions in front of the mirror, for example, would be hilarious out of context. So next time you’re grooming, study the way you do it and imagine the funny side.

Don’t think that’s weird? Then imagine plucking a whisker where it shouldn’t be, on stage; or squeezing a pimple in public. You and I are wonderfully funny after all.

The same goes for your speech and approach to people. Little nuances, repeated words, favourite themes, coughs, tics, and gestures, all make you unique. But on their own, they may appear a bit abnormal. Do they make you weird? Well it depends who’s deciding. Some people are incredibly intolerant of difference. So even the littlest foible leads them to confirm, “Yep. She’s weird!”

I don’t subscribe to that blinkered thinking myself. I am happy we all have differences. Most of what we do isn’t “weird” because it finds a niche in normalcy’s spectrum. Besides, whether it’s known or not, the happy or unhappy fact is most of our doing has been done before.

Doing things out of the ordinary are more often quirky than weird. Though I have to say, if you’re happy dragging yourself along the pavement on your stomach mewing, licking chalk, and wailing about stag-beetles, “weird” would definitely be a better description.


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