Stay Weird

on October 16, 2023

A few years ago, when I lost a job that I loved, the job I thought I would stay at until I retired, I took some time to search within myself to find out who I really was. I’d been so obsessed with climbing the corporate ladder and soaking in the beliefs of the organization, that when it was all gone, I didn’t know who I was.

Since then, I’ve listened to my inner voice and discovered who I truly am and what I believe in.

I’ve started to be myself without worrying about anyone else’s opinion. And I’ve stopped fulfilling people’s expectations of me. I have learned that when you try to fit into somebody else's mold the results will be mediocre. I didn’t want to be mediocre, so I started to be true to myself. I became what some would coin “weird”

So what is weird?

The truth is that what makes you different is your superpower. Instead of hiding your weirdness, learn how to use it. Your shyness, for example, might make you a better listener. Your awkward laugh might make you endearing. Our quirks, when we master them, contain great power. Every person in the world has their own strengths and weaknesses. No one is perfect, even if they seem that way. What meets the eye is just the tip of an iceberg.

In a world where conformity is the easiest option, authenticity is in high demand. The world wants to know your authentic self,  with all your flaws, all your weirdness. When you start living as your true self, weirdness and all, you give permission to those around you to do the same.

When you stand up and live according to your purpose, you will find those who have stood up before you, and you will serve as inspiration for those who will stand up next. By living honestly you will discover others who align with your weirdness. This is your tribe.

“But, my darling you being different was your strength all along.” -N.R. Hart


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