The word “weird” keeps coming up lately.
People are always telling me I’m weird – & hey…I expect they’re right! Especially if weird means “not like everyone else.” I am definitively not like everyone else – & if that seems to be a problem for someone, well…I do my best to see this as their problem, not mine.
What I can say about my so-called “weirdness” is that it appears to be a pretty winning strategy! I often feel as though I must be the wealthiest woman in the world (although that sensation has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with money). I’m joyful 95% of the time, have tons of friends, love the work I do (all of it unpaid, btw), & all around have a wonderful life. (Geez – I guess I really am weird, eh???)
I wish we would all just choose to get over this preoccupation with other people’s supposed “weirdness” & get on with changing the world, because, unless I am very much mistaken, there is a very great deal on this Earth that needs changing. And fast!
P.S. Charles Darwin said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the one most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” If ever there was a time for human beings to not keep doing things just because “that’s the way we’ve always done them,” I’d say now is it!!
P.P.S. Sarah Ban Breathnach said (in her book Simple Abundance, I believe) “We are not meant to fit in, we’re meant to stand out.” I say, Amen to that!! I’d like very much to see this phrase on a button. I’d wear that one in a heartbeat!!
P.P.P.S. The Syracuse Cultural Workers sell a lovely poster that says, “The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.” <Wade Davis>
There is a not-very-mysterious parallel, of course, between our suspicion & …fear of other people’s different-ness, & our suspicion & fear of other cultures’ different-ness. Wouldn’t it be cool if we’d all just learn to be … cool…with both??
And, of course, with our own, too. ‘Cos fundamentally, we’re really all kinda weird one way or another…right?
‘Quote for the day’ with this post: “But now comes the daunting revelation, that we are all called to be saints – not good necessarily, or pious or devout – but saints in the sense of just caring for each other.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal