Gift from the IPod gods: Hoot by Okay- "I don't give a hoot no more...I could be home asleep with my lover, I could be home feelin' alright" I think this is the new anthem of the Cubicle Dweller. I might just put it on Repeat.
As anyone who follows me on Twitter can attest, I am a Very Weird Person. Frankly, I don’t think I possess a normal bone in my body. But guess what, I’m totally and completely fine with that. And you should be to.
(Not fine with my weird, necessarily. You should be fine with YOUR weird.)
One of my first boyfriends ever, made an offhand comment once that I was weird. I made the mistake of trying to offer some sort of weird apology for being weird. (I mean this was in Junior High, where everyone strives for sameness to the extreme. We all bought the same brand of jeans for crying out loud!)
But he set me straight. He cut me off mid-apology and said, “Weird is Good.” Like it was the simplest, most obvious truth in the world. And it stuck with me. I never felt the need to apologize for my weirdness ever again. I simply sought out other people who appreciated my Weird.
And guess what else I discovered in my travels? Writers Are a Weird Bunch.
Writers Think Weird Thoughts and sometimes even Write Them Down! Writers tend to be on the fringes of society. It’s a common side effect of independent thought. We don’t think like everyone else. We don’t act like everyone else. We didn't necessarily fit in in High School. We don’t always do well in social situations. We sometimes laugh out loud at the irony of situations outside of our control. (Sometimes at wildly inappropriate times) "Mainstream" society makes us twitch. Conformity makes us itchy in strange places. We question everything. We take nothing for granted. We get on each others’ nerves. We antagonize. We agonize.
We are flawed. We are wonderful. We are Weird.
And we should wear our Weirdness with pride. It’s what makes us better writers. Our experiences. Our perspective. Sure we may be different, but that uniqueness is our biggest ally. Use it. Foster it. Milk it. (Yes, I just told you to Milk your Weird…and that’s not weird AT ALL!) Some of the best writers, and for that matter artists of all stripes, have been very odd cookies. If we all thought exactly the same there would only be one book in existence and it would be titled “How to Be a Happy Clone” and we all would have read it and loved it and given it five stars on Goodreads. (And yes, in this scenario there’s still a Goodreads, even though it only has one book on it)
Don’t try to be something you’re not. Your own voice is wonderful. Use it. And if someone doesn’t like it, don’t worry, there are approximately 7 Billion people on the planet, chances are at least one of them will “totally get what you were trying to say”. All you Weird Writers out there feeling isolated in your weirdness, you are not alone, and neither are the 6,999,999,999 other weird people out there.
Come on, I dare you, leave a comment. Share your Weird with the World! What makes you Weird? What makes you Wonderful? What don’t we know about you that we really,really should?