It’s only been through my attempts to conform that I’ve realized that I’m quirky. Some of us spend years, even most of our lives, trying to fit in. But what if you’re the square peg in a world of round holes? What if you were made quirky from the start?

There’s nothing wrong with that.

In fact, maybe there’s more wrong with a culture that tries to keep us from being our quirky selves.

When I was a six-year-old kid, I saw a rock floating in midair. I’m sure of it. I never told anyone else because I knew they wouldn’t believe me, that they’d think I was a peculiar little boy. I kept it inside. Later, after being a child victim of a religious cult, I just wanted to fit in. Read my story.

That’s how we spend much of our lives. Fighting quirky. It’s what we’re taught in school, at work, in church. If we do something a bit strange or different it’s often frowned upon. But I’ve come to realize it’s not conformity, but our quirkiness that really matters. It makes us uniquely who we are.

It’s those unique characteristics that make us interesting and help to create our story. Seriously, how many great stories are about the person who is just like all the other people?

It’s okay to be a little weird. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.