I was a weird kid. I ran around my house in a Barney costume at the age of fourteen and wore a googly-eye headband to school throughout my whole freshman year. However, not so long into my high school career, I realized that being different wasn’t ‘cool’ anymore. So I played the game of fitting in. I wore popular clothes, listened to music that I hated, and hung out with the most nauseatingly boring people.
This was one of many reasons I was miserable at school. A lot of people talk about what life is like after high school. Though it felt like an eternity, it was really only four years. In comparison to the rest of your life, that’s nothing. But even in such a short period of time, kids can be socially traumatized.
So here I am, more than four years out of high school, and I am super fricken weird. I wear too many stripes, listen to High School Musical on repeat, and reread Harry Potter every year. To a lot of people that I grew up with, I’m strange. But my life is never boring, and I love it.
I would hate to be that person I pretended to be at 16. I ignored my true interests and didn’t enjoy anything my peers said I should. But as an adult, there’s no one I have to listen to but myself. There’s no status-quo in my life. The people I surround myself are just as weird as I am.
Being weird sounds taboo. But by being weird, you will genuinely have the most fun with your life.
Forget living that mundane life that many people think you should live. If you want to listen to German folk music, watch Star Wars every month, and wear Cheetah Girl pajamas, no one is stopping you.
You are an adult and you make your own decisions. You choose what you wear, what you do with your life, and who you surround yourself with. So surround yourself with people who embrace your weirdness. Friends who will support you and love you and cherish uniqueness.
When you get stuck in a rut, which sometimes happens, spice up your life with some unusuality. Do what you want with your life because the only opinion that really matters is your own. You will have much more fun this way.