As a kid I learned how to unicycle. If you’ve ever unicycled, or seen a unicyclist, you know that unicycling is weird. I would ride around my neighbourhood getting stares for people, hearing comments like, “You lost a wheel!”
Unicycling isn’t for the fate of heart, and requires that you accept the fact that what you’re doing… is weird.
I think we’re all weird in some way. You might not be a unicyclist, but there’s something about you that makes you different than everyone else.
It seems the people that are the most interesting are those who have realized that they’re weird and, instead of covering it up in attempts to look like everyone else, they’re embraced it. When someone accepts their quirks, it frees the rest of us to be weird in our own unique way.
I really like quote below, which raises high the banner of letting your own weirdness shine (Marianne calls it “light”, same thing, right?):
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
– Marianne Williamson
“You’re weird” is the opposite of “you’re just like everyone else”. What’s your weirdness?