Being weird…it’s ok.


weirdI fully admit I’m a tad on the ‘weird’ side.

I have quirks and a sense of humour that some people love and others not so much.

Being in the public eye means I open myself up to all sorts of comments on a regular basis (in fact I’ll know I’ve hit major success when you see my photo with my alien love child on the cover of the Enquirer).

I’ve had inspiring letters and notes sent to me that would bring tears to your eyes with all the love and gratitude they express. I’ve also received rather rude and hateful messages from time to time.

But it’s all ok because as long as I am being true to myself and authentic in my endeavours, I can only be me.

I used to worry a lot about what other people thought.

I used to try to change myself depending on who I was with and be the person they wanted or expected me to be. For example, I convinced myself in high school that I loved heavy metal music simply because my boyfriend at the time did – to the point of plastering my bedroom wall with pictures of tongue sticking out, heavy makeup laden musicians.

I used to try to please others, to live the life that was expected of me. I hated being called weird.

Not anymore.

After years of trying to please everyone else and be someone I wasn’t, I just gave up one day.

I started living my life in a way that made me happy and allowed me to express my true self quirks and all.

And can you guess what happened?

Those people who didn’t truly care about me disappeared and those who truly do love and care about me, loved me even more. And most of all, I was finally happy and on the path I wanted to be.

I embraced my uniqueness instead of trying to hide it.

It was such a relief to just be–no more trying to live up to someone else’s expectations; no more pretending to be someone I wasn’t. Sure there aBe Weirdre still times when people push their ‘stuff’ on me but now I know that it isn’t my stuff, it’s theirs.

Bottomline here is… you are unique.

We are each of us unique. You are a one of a kind. Being weird is ok.

You are fabulous and enough just the way you are–quirks and all.

Don’t hide from it, embrace it.

Live your life according to YOUR plan; not the plans others have for you.

Live your life as best you can being your true self. And then let the rest of the world catch up to you instead.

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.