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Bits of Gratitude | Weird is Wonderful

By Nanea Hoffman

Why do I celebrate and encourage people to be weird? Because most of the time, when people feel like they’re being weird, it means they’re acting or thinking in a way that falls outside of what they consider normative behavior. Which, first of all – what is normative behavior? And secondly, how freaking BRAVE is that?

What I find is that my weirdness can’t really be contained. It seeps out around the edges, no matter how tightly I think I’ve Ziplocked it. I can’t stop being me. I’m going to like things that no one else understands, and I’ll find my own specific joy in places no one else would think to look. I’m going to suffer personalized burdens that seem handcrafted for me. Artisanal pain.

And that is okay. This is the way it’s supposed to be. We walk around in these bodies, each of us a universe unto ourselves, and we send out messages, bleeping through the vast chaos, and hope that someone, somewhere, hears and understands.

I jokingly talk about oversharing, but the truth is that sharing is sharing. It might be that you’re telling your story in a way that feels too honest to other people because it’s forcing them to confront their own shit. That is also okay. Do not be silenced. Do not conform. Do not seal up your gloopy, lumpy, gloriously individual self in plastic wrap to try and appear “normal.” It won’t work, and you’ll just suffocate.

Continue to be yourself, in the way that makes the most sense to you, and the world will be better for it.

Here are some questions to get you in the grateful space:

  • What is something different about you that you celebrate?
  • How do you honor your weirdness?
  • What goodness has come into your life as a result of your willingness to be yourself?

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Until next week,

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About Nanea Hoffman (276 Articles)
Nanea Hoffman is the founder of Sweatpants & Coffee. She writes, she makes things, and she drinks an inordinate amount of coffee. She is also extremely fond of sweatpants. She believes in love, peace, joy, comfort, and caffeinated beverages.

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