I’ve never really fit in. And to be honest, I’ve never felt like I’ve wanted to. I can’t ever recall a time when I wasn’t creative, energetic, enthusiastic, optimistic, and interested in doing things in a slightly different way. And if you’re this kind of person, you know that there is a lot of pressure to conform and be normal.
But what’s normal? If you look up synonyms for normal you’ll find the words average and commonplace. I just barfed a little in my mouth because I don’t think anyone would find these adjectives to be flattering descriptors. Do you know anyone who wants to be average and commonplace? I suspect you don’t. So why would anyone else? And why would anyone ever ask another person to be more normal, average, and commonplace? Why would you ask someone to be less or more of something that they are or aren’t? Less attractive? Less noticeable? Less intelligent? Less happy? Less passionate? Why would you try to condemn anyone from being any thing less than extraordinary? And why would you sell yourself short from thinking that you are less than extraordinary?
To be honest, I only call myself a weirdo because so many people over the years have told me that I’m not normal. The funny thing is that I really don’t feel weird, special, or extraordinary–I kind of think that I’m really similar to other people. I like to spend time with the people I love. I eat. I get sleepy. I get bored. Sometimes I lose my patience. And sometimes I have uncontrollable fits of laughter. So quite honestly–I’m not really that different than anyone else. But I’m also not exactly the same as the next person. And I sometimes find myself denying my own extraordinary qualities that make me who I am because of what other people say and how other people tell me to be less or more of something that I’m not. But I’ve come to realize that even though they may mean it as a way to insult, hurt, or control you, you should instead take it as a compliment. Because it means that they recognize that you are not normal, average, and commonplace. That you are truly special. That you are nothing short of extraordinary. Embrace that people see that in you.
Be extraordinary. Let others be extraordinary too.
And I’ll end this post with this video.