Sometimes I’ll be out with someone or just be having a conversation through text and that person will be talking about a perceived personality flaw that often ends with a sentiment like, “I don’t know, does that make me weird?”
But here’s the thing they don’t tell you in grade school: most of the things that you think make you weird are what make you an interesting person.
Anyone that you have ever looked up to and admired was weird. Like, Kanye West is the fucking weirdest dude. You think a normal person could put the Yeezus tour together? Of course not. Anyone worth anything in this world is weird. The Wright brothers were weird. Kobe Bryant is weird. Louis CK is weird.
Most of the time, weird is not bad. I say most, because, like, you still can’t jerk off in the middle of an airplane or anything. That’s just bad weird. But that’s not what I’m referring to here.
People will call you weird to dismiss you. “Oh, I don’t understand this person/thing/activity, so it’s weird.” Don’t let that get to you. They’re using the word as an insult, but that doesn’t mean that what they’re talking about is bad.
Do what you like. Be obsessed with hip-hop or juggling or sportswriting or fucking hopscotch or something. Don’t be ashamed of it. Read about something, learn about something, practice something until you’re great at it.
If that makes people call you weird, fuck it.
Feel sorry for normal people. They won’t get to do the things you do.