If I had a dollar for every time a friend or semi-acquaintance called me weird, I’d have a decent sized savings. Let’s be honest, being normal is boring. But instead of changing who you are or minimizing parts of yourself each time someone decides to call out your weirdness, you should embrace it.
No one should be made to feel as if they have to hide parts of who they are because people consider it different. These differences between each of us is what makes us, and the groups we hang out, with beautiful.
My best friends love to remind me how weird I am when I bring up topics like the paranormal, indie horror films, and true crime. I love my friends and wouldn’t trade them for the world. But anytime they do point out this difference I always sit back, wondering when in the world I claimed to be anything but a little weird.
I know this can seem like a trivial issue to focus on. But in a day and age in which we rapidly consume self-care and self-love ideals, this is apart of that that can’t be overlooked. You hold yourself back anytime you deny a part of who you are. It prevents you from finding your Wolfpack. Those like minded souls that make you feel a little less alone.
Imagine if women like Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey, Mary Shelley, or Gillian Flynn ignored what made them weird or unique. We’d have no Gone Girl, Frakenstein, or albums aligned for the weird souls out there.
Sure it’s a leap to align ourselves with these insanely talented women. But in some way I hope they were like us before they made it big. Struggling to accept who they were until one day they threw social constructs to the wall and embraced all the little things people found weird over the years.
Difference in thinking, viewpoints, and interests is what rounds out this world. Sure you may be the only one in your group with weird interests but so what? You bring something to the table that not everyone could. Embrace this weirdness and use it to your advantage.
Use it to differentiate yourself not only in a personal way but a business way as well. Brand whatever it is that you have a passion to do around what makes you unique. People are more likely to follow a brand, influencer, and entity if they can relate to it.
No matter what unique interests you have, know you’re not alone. Not only are we here, but so too is your soon to be Wolfpack. The moment you can accept and love these parts of yourself is the moment you open yourself up to love from other people in return.
Also published on Medium.