What is the meaning of “weird”, exactly? What is weirdness?
adjective, weirder, weirdest.
- involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny: a weird sound; weird lights.
- fantastic; bizarre: a weird getup.
Taken from http://www.dictionary.com
The second definition of “weird” is closer to the meaning I’m examining.
It’s the type of “weird” that gets tossed around as label for people and circumstances we simply don’t understand. The “You don’t fit into any of my stereotypes, categories, or boxes” kind of weird.
The “weird” that defies society’s expectations.
The “weird” that most of us are afraid to discover in ourselves…or uncover to the world.
I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love. – Dr. Seuss
If we’re all weird, who decides what’s “weird”? If everyone’s weird – like everyone else – is anyone weird?
I was always fascinated by people who are considered completely normal, because I find them the weirdest of all. – Johnny Depp
We are all a little weird. And we like to think that there is always someone weirder. I mean, I am sure some of you are looking at me and thinking, “Well, at least I am not as weird as you,” and I am thinking, “Well, at least I am not as weird as the people in the loony bin,” and the people in the loony bin are thinking, “Well, at least I am an orange”. – Jim Gaffigan
Actually, I’m a watermelon.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. – George S. Patton
Do we want to relinquish our individuality and peculiarity and intellect, and simply resign ourselves to being “normal”? To conform to some invisible, imaginary human being’s predetermined notion of normalcy?
Sadly, many of us consent to portray these false, “normal” images of ourselves to the world on a daily and moment-by-moment basis.
If you look around the room/office/home and ask yourself, “Who here is normal?” how many cookie-cutter clones do you find?
If you do spot a clone, then it’s quite possible that that individual is suppressing something about themselves – something for which they’re afraid they’ll be judged.
I’m not convinced I’ve ever met a “normal” person.
No two minds, faces, personalities, or sets of quirks are alike.
That’s what makes everyone so beautiful.
I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird. – Paul McCartney
What is one weird thing about you that you’d be nervous about unmasking to society, for fear of rejection or being misunderstood?
It could be your sense of humor that you’re afraid others won’t find so amusing. It might be your passion for basketweaving, your affinity for citronella, or the way you study your snot after you pick your nose. Of course, there are situations (e.g. the workplace) where it’s helpful to be more mindful of how you’re coming across, so I don’t recommend flaunting certain “weirdness” – such as picking your nose and studying your snot, or wearing citronella perfume – in situations where it would be disadvantageous to your goals in life.
But in general, if you’re afraid to show your weird (i.e. human) side, then you may never benefit from discovering that there are other equally weird individuals surrounding you, and that they would appreciate and accept you for who you naturally are.
Do you snort when you laugh? Don’t try to hide your laugh any longer. (Contrary to popular belief, many people find snorting attractive.) 🙂
Do you like to dress up just because? Stop worrying that others will judge you for not having an occasion to go all-out.
Do you like to wear jeans and a T-shirt to a formal church environment? Let the insecure judge you. Wear what makes you comfortable.
Do loud noises bother you? Don’t be ashamed to excuse yourself from a loud concert, wear earplugs, or express your needs and concerns to your friends. Your true friends will accept you even though you are different from them.
When we loosen up and let people see our “flaws” and abnormalities, we free them up to do the same. If you begin to let down your guard, chillax, and be real, then many other people will be inspired to ditch their own veneers and relax, too. All this time, they each thought they were “the only one”. But you showed them that is not the case.
I’ll close with one weird fact (of many) about me:
I consider my musical instruments to be my friends. Or children. Kind of both. I can tell when they’re crying, because I haven’t loved them enough, and I feel genuinely terrible for my neglect.
I am considering writing a piece sharing more of my quirks, oddities, and weirdness. Let me know in the comments if you think that sounds interesting (or BOOOOORING). Regardless of interest expressed, I may still post, in the interest of being authentically, obnoxiously weird. 🙂
Until next time, my friends! ❤
© 2017 Kate Richardson All Rights Reserved.
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