I told an old friend years ago that for my New Year’s resolution I wanted to be more ‘basic’ and less me. And by less me, I meant less quirky. I’ve always been a bit eccentric and I guess I got to a point where I felt that it didn’t feel acceptable anymore. Can you believe that?!
I guess I didn’t feel comfortable being a bit different and wanted to fit in with the ‘norm’. At the time, it made sense to me. It must have been a period where I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere being myself so adopting a new sense of self was the only way forward.
But now I think what the heck was going through my mind to not want to be anyone but myself! Who would actually want to be ‘basic’ when being unique is way more appealing.
Now, I’m proud of my little quirks. Not only do they help me stand out from the crowd but they make me who I am. And if people can’t accept them, then they’re not the kind of people I want to be around.
What are my quirks?
I have many. I can talk your head off but I also enjoy being quiet and just listening/observing. I had a stammer when I was a kid and it still comes out when I’m tired or anxious. I’m fascinated by people and am constantly asking questions no matter how random they are. I love clothes, shoes and make-up but equally, I love reading, writing and academia.
Additionally, I have a complete meltdown when I see a dog. I’m career-focused and constantly wanting to improve. I’m teetotal but can still be the life and soul of the party. Socialising is fun but I’d rather be in my pyjamas with a green tea on a Saturday night.
I can think of plenty of other quirks but this post would be 3000 words long and I don’t know about you but I prefer short, snappy posts. The main takeaway from this one is to own your quirks and be proud of them. Celebrate your differences. And don’t wish to be anyone but yourself.
The strength and confidence it takes not to succumb to social pressures is definitely more powerful. Keep doing you, no matter how quirky, eccentric or different. You’re one of a kind!