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For All the Misfits in the World

Updated on October 7, 2014

So There I Was, Watching Television

Which in itself is a bit of an oddity, since I rarely watch the boob tube, but last night I was watching, and a commercial came on for a movie called “Under the Electric Sky.” I was totally ignorant about this movie. Evidently it chronicles some music festival that began in 1997 and has turned into the largest music festival in North America. Shows you how much I pay attention, because I wasn’t even aware that it existed.

But I digress….

So this commercial comes on, and the camera zooms in on this guy who says that this festival is attended by all those kids who used to sit alone in the school lunchroom. I had to laugh at that, because I was one of those kids.

I was a misfit!

And today I’m proud of it.

So, this one is for any of my misfit brothers, or sisters, out there.

Long live the misfits!

May you always be un-cool!

This is what a misfit looks like at a young age
This is what a misfit looks like at a young age | Source

Restless Days and Sleepless Nights

I probably have fundamentally antisocial tendencies. I never took one extracurricular activity. I just failed utterly at that level. Part of me still rebels against that.

Maya Lin

You’ve all seen them at school. In the socially-stunted microcosm of higher learning, they are the ones walking the crowded halls alone, as though a force-field separates them from the In Crowd. They eat lunch alone, go to games alone, join no clubs, and while others worry about makeup and designer clothes, they are tattooing their asses and piercing their extremities. They are the rejects, the dejects, the fringers and the just plain weirdoes.

They can’t quite tune into the station of life everyone else is listening to. Too much static, can’t quite hit the right frequency, born under a bad sign, take your pick of reasons, but while most of the students are living life in the key of F, the misfits are stumbling along in F sharp, out of tune and out of step every inch of their teen years.

School bell rings and it’s lunch alone. School bell rings and it’s ride in silence on the school bus. Off to their rooms they go, strap on their headphones, and listen to alternative whatever while the majority grooves to the Top Ten. They write poetry and pour their hearts out to the universal muse, or they strum a guitar in hopes that someone, somewhere, will hear the notes they hear, and when they go to sleep at night, their minds are inundated with thoughts of substance, heaviness, struggle, and yes, self-doubt.

Long live the misfits!

The Nerds Among Us

Anybody that goes to the theater, I think we're all misfits, so we ended up on stage or in the audience.

Patti LuPone

If there were slide rules today, they would have one in their shirt pockets. While others are discussing the latest movies or hot social spots, there are those who spend their evenings formulating, postulating, and theorizing.

Ask them a question about Facebook and a blank stare envelops their face. Ask them about alternative universes and they come alive and animated.

Social skills they have few, but they can solve an equation in the time it takes you to type lol. You go off to work to your cubicle as a worker bee in the economic machine. They designed the machine. The simplest, mundane, brain dead small talk is beyond them, but one day they will discover how to communicate with all living organisms.

You won’t find them on any social register, and they don’t hang out at Cheers, because nobody knows their name, but where in the world would we all be without them?

Long live the misfits!

Fifty years later and still a misfit
Fifty years later and still a misfit | Source

Orgasmic, Fantastic, Walking, Talking Art Forms

Designer jeans, print blouses, Macy’s, the Gap, you gotta be kidding me. The misfits of the world take pride in the mismatched, on sale, closeout, bargain basement, off-the-rack-and-into-the-garbage, anything but hot outerwear. They had holes in their clothes until holes were in and now no holes will you find on their behind.

Their statement is no statement, and no statement is a statement, so follow that if you can. You want art? Check out their biceps, their quadriceps, their glutes and yes, their penises, all are resplendent in Satan’s face, death masks, scorpions and howling banshees. Their bodies are their canvases, a walking, talking art museum where all are welcome to gaze and be amazed.

And when the ink runs out, or they run out of square inches of flesh, then the metal arrives, through the lips, through the eye brows, through the tongues and yes, through the penises, and ain’t that a howling banshee?

Approve or disapprove, it makes no goddamn to them, just leave them be and allow their expression to be free.

Long live the misfits!

Some Men See Things As They Are and Ask Why

When you feel like an oddball, it never really leaves you. Even now, I'm better around people who are uncomfortable with themselves - the misfits.

Chris Pine

These rejects see things that never were and ask why not. They are the writers, the poets, the artists and the musicians. They sculpt, they play, they sing, and they script. You can find them on the corner of 4th and State playing Mr. Bojangles for a buck tip and a tip of the hat, and you can find them at the Philharmonic pulling in thousands. You can find them tagging the side of a building and you can find their work in the Louvre.

Tell them they just might spend their lives in obscurity and unsure of where the next meal will come from, and they will sign on the dotted line to feed their inner hunger. Tell them they will be rejected thousands of times, and they will dream of the one acceptance. Explain to them, in very logical manner, that they need to join the economic system and make an honest living, and they will sadly shake their heads and wonder what planet you came from.

These are the kids who doodled during lectures in college. These are the kids who had their asses spanked for drawing on their bedroom walls, and for not doing their chores when they would rather write in iambic pentameter. To squash their creativity is to rip their very lungs out, and in so doing deprive the rest of us of their creations.

Long live the misfits!

Misfits do not take the smooth path
Misfits do not take the smooth path | Source

Bless Them All

These folks aren’t even in the same zip code as cool. They still read comic books, still believed in Santa Claus until they were fifteen, and firmly believe that flannel is more comfortable, and more practical, than satin. While others are cheering their favorite sports team at the bar, the uncool are bowling. While others know the names of every member of Maroon 5, the misfits are humming old Benny Goodman tunes.

They have one foot in the past and are creating the future. They will vote Green, support transgender, and spit in the face of the establishment. They are purple-haired, pink-haired, dressed all in black, and they completely embrace the Live-and-Let-Live philosophy of life.

And where would we be, as a society, without them?

LONG LIVE THE MISFITS!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Case rested, Deb, and point taken. :) Thanks, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Misfits are certainly in many packages. Remember Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker? I rest my case!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, thank you so much. Weird for sure, but happy, and that's all that matters my friend.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      At a time when most of the guys are rushing into the grooves to fit in, you have uplifted a tribe of misfits that is becoming scarce and almost extinct these days. Such guys are also known as eccentric and weird. Bill, I salute you and your wonderful writing. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I love it...a party going on in your head....great line. Thanks for making me smile this morning.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      No tattoos, no piercings and I was a total joiner who always ended up leading everything I set out to be a part of, but I grew up frequently moving due to my father's job and was always the one who didn't fit in. I'm fairly solitary but there's a party going on in my head, and it's a good time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I don't remember lunch being much fun now either, but we made it and now life is a continual recess. :) Thank you as always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Wow! It is fantastic to know that I am not alone. I loved the learning part of school, but hated lunch time, but most of the cool kids walked past the shy girl with her nose stuck in a book.

      Long live the misfits.

      Great descriptions my friend, voted up, UAI and shared

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm sure you do see them. I always gravitated to them as a teacher; maybe because I saw myself in them. Thank you for all you do in education.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Oh how I love this truth! I see these kids in school every day. They are silent, quietly do their tasks, do whatever is needed but so ignored by many. I try to speak to them to bring a bit of encouragement to their lives. Somehow, I know they will go on to become people who make a good difference one day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, people are always shocked to find out many of us were nerds in school. My goodness how we've grown up...especially with the shyness as you point out.

      Anyway, I hung out in good company then and still do now, so I must be doing something right.

      blessings my friend; have a great weekend

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Uggg, my computer went off line right when I just finished my long comment, and so here I go again ... LOL

      I was such a major nerd in high school and so very shy with my head always stuck in a book, but that was because I was terrified that someone may actually walk up to me and speak to me! LOL How silly. I am over that shyness now, but still a major nerd and that is cool by me.

      We are all make in God's image, and if He is fine with us just as we are, then I certainly am fine with all the misfits in this world. Look who Jesus hung out with ... "the least of these" ...all the misfits so-to-speak.

      I believe I am in fine company and the world is a much better place with all of us misfits in it without a doubt!

      Hugs and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I think there is a little misfit in all writers. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Voted up awesome! Great hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, my story is pretty similar. I wouldn't talk to anyone when I was younger...now I can small-talk about anything with anyone. Strange but true. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Okay, I can't help singing that "misfit" song from Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special from the 60s. "Why am I such a misfit..."

      I was totally in the misfit crowd, but the introverted dork kind. Fast forward 40 years, I'm totally extroverted socially in my networking circles. Sometimes, it takes time and finding the right social circles to turn misfit into right fit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I wish this were required reading in middle school and high school. Self-image is so important during those early years, and I hate seeing kids scarred for life simply because they are "different. Good job on the way you raised your children. Great message to pass down to them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nicholas! Same here...now i'm proud of my misfit status.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much DDE!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I think, as many others have said, everyone suffers from some form of misfititis, its how we deal with it that counts. My Mom always said, "you are better than no one, but remember, no is better than you." I passed that on to my kids as well and we all live together in a crooked little house. Oops, couldn't help that crooked house thing. Seriously, even the "in" kids are suffering as they have to meet those "high standards" every day.

      I was an "in the middle kid", not necessarily the "in" crowd but neither a misfit. I was in the crowd that wanted everyone to feel good and fit in but that must be my motherly nature...hmm a misfit and I didn't even know it!

      Voted all but funny and I think there are a lot of young people out there that should be reading this!

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      Nicholas Pollock 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      When I was in high school I lamented being a misfit. Not any more. Thanks Bill!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful read and so interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ArtDiva. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Without a doubt, Jackie! And a good little mother I would imagine.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha Jamie, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beth, you are very welcome. I'll see you at the alumni party. :) Thank you!

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      LOL wonderfulness.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I raised four younger brothers...guess that made me a little mother at very young age....

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Bill, jamie

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      Beth Perry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      billybuc, as an alumni of my HS's misfits, I adore this article! Thank you for posting and voting up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mathira, I do believe there is a misfit in us all. Some of us learn to embrace it and, in fact, use it to our advantage. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfectly stated, Susan! :)

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      mathira 2 years ago from chennai

      Everyone is a misfit sometime of their life. I too had felt so many times in my life. But life does change around, does it not. A misfit is more life like and real. billy, many would have found comfort in your hub.

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      Susan Lewis 2 years ago from California

      SQUEE!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, you have me laughing. I love it!

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      Susan Lewis 2 years ago from California

      "Let your freak flag fly!"

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I sensed that about you early on. Long live the misfits, and I'm glad you got a smile from this; it was written with a smile.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Got the brightest smile on my face. I really prefer to be among the misfits they make life so much more fun. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for a smile indeed, Ann, and I'm grinning for all to see....well, the quail and chickens can see me smiling. That counts for something, right?

      I was a nerd...there is no way around that fact....sports saved me from total obscurity during school days.

      And now it is time to plunge into the mind of a serial killer. My new novel is calling me.

      Have a fabulous evening

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Amen to that! Outstanding!

      I was never happy with 'going with the crowd' though I wouldn't call myself a misfit, more of an individual. My partner wore a medallion until it was 'cool' then didn't wear it anymore. He wore a ring then discarded it for the same reason. He had a tattoo long before others did but only because he was working in a danger area and needed his blood group plastered where someone could see it! No, not there, on his arm!

      Good for a smile on a Wednesday afternoon after a catch-me-if-you-can-day of sunshine and rain.

      Where indeed would we be without those who don't conform, don't fit the box? Great stuff, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. Some of my best friends are misfits....oh, come to think of it, all of my friends are misfits. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, long live the misfits! Where in the world would we be without them - rightly said. An interesting read and a great write, voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, we want the same things for society. Will we ever see it on a grand scale? I hope so my friend. Thank you for sharing those thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I would definitely say you qualify for our little club. :) Thank you for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hendrika, it is never too late to make that "misfit" in you work for you. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. It is good to hang with fellow misfits here at HP.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Misfits, if not most of them, some of them can contribute much to the wellfits of this universe. The great scientists, mathematicians, philosophers- most of them considered to be misfits. But see what great things they have in their credits.

      And this humble misfit of yours wants the society in which we live to be an abode of human values, morality and ethics.

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      jo miller 2 years ago from Tennessee

      I still shrink from all this social interaction, even on the internet. That's why I'm not very good at it. And I absolutely refuse to use the social media jargon.

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I wish I were a misfit as I probably would have done more with my life. I only found out late in my life that I actually are a misfit disguised as Cool lol

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for creating this tribute to misfits, Bill. There is a lot in your hub that applies to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, it shall be so. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For many of us, Brian...for many of us. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Brings back memories of friendships.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      lol! that sounds good to me!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, shoot, Dora, you'll make me blush. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Barbara, and I'm right there with you. If it wasn't for sports I would have never fit in. I turned out to be too good at baseball for them to ignore me. :) Thanks for the memories.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Nell, we'll make you an officer in our organization. Only one problem...misfits don't form organizations. LOL Well, you are an honorary officer of our honorary organization. How's that?

      You make me laugh. Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I remember reading an HP article which showed that the nerds are so much smarter than the regulars. Being a misfit for any reason suggests some type of strength. Look at you!

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I think everyone goes through stages of life as a kid where they just don't fit in. Part of the time I was average, part of the time I didn't fit in and part of the time I was a hippie of the sixties. Hippies didn't fit in with the "in crowd," but their was a big group of us and we had fun!

      I didn't do half of the wild things a lot of other kids did, I was brought-up too Catholic for that. I had my hippie beads though, long straight hair and like I said, we had fun! Now we think about being self-sufficient, homesteading etc. That was part of the hippie movement too.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Yes yes and yes to all of those bill, you know me so well! LOL! not boasting myself, but by the age of seven I was completely on my own purely because I thought kids were well, kids! that didn't bode well for me, and by the age of 13 I actually thought, well as we are now teens surely I won't be picked on anymore because we are grown up! ye gods! yes to the purple hair, I hate gossip, general chit chat, rather talk about quantum physics, which you can imagine shuts up a whole party in two seconds, and well, I would rather watch the big bang theory than stupid girl stuff! do I qualify? please say I do! LOL!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, I'm as close to anti-social as a human being can be and still function as a professional. I used to look for excuses why I couldn't attend something...now I just say I don't want to. That, my friend, is progress. :) Thanks for stopping by our Misfit Clubhouse. You are always welcome.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I think you struck a chord there, Bill. I'm so proud to be associated with people I can identify with and comforted too, but if any of you ask me to eat lunch with you everyday I'll just say no. I still eat alone most days just because I want to. :) Rock on!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I love hearing stories like yours and yes, I recall having a blast as well. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all misfits were as comfortable with themselves as we were? Thank you always!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wednesday-Elf, what a great addition to this article. What a wonderful family full of misfits you have, and I mean that with the utmost admiration. I love it all. Thank you for sharing that.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      Awesome Hub! I'm a misfit and proud to tell everyone I am and I don't care what they think about it either. I've met some other misfits via the internet and ... maybe we aren't misfits any longer because we've bonded together as friends. Or are we just misfits all gathered into our own little club? It was the same way for me in school. I wasn't a jock, a preppy, a burnout, a nerd, or any in any of the other groups. Neither were my friends. If you didn't fit neatly into any of those, you became part of my group of misfits. And guess what? We had a blast!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      "Drew pictures on the bedroom walls..." ~ my daughter who has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a crayon! "doodled during lecture class in college (and grade school and high school)" ~ my son-in-law who 'doodles' to this day, and makes a living at it. My artist daughter married a comic book artist and no one in the family understands their lifestyle ways & whyfors -- but I tell everyone to 'leave them alone -- they walk to the beat of a different drummer' (and it works for them). They are happy & satisfied with their lot in life... and with each other! And, they are contributing beautiful artwork to the world!

      I LOVED this story!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rebekahElle, I'm picturing you in those jeans and smiling. Normal is greatly overrated. Keep dragging the floor with those cuffs and being who you are.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Bill. We all share so many similarities. I think it's important to point them out from time to time. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO...Paula, I'll give him a call.

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      rebekahELLE 2 years ago from Tampa Bay

      I don't think I've ever desired to be normal, except maybe my freshman year in high school. I played the part for a while, but everyone knew I wasn't made from the same cookie cutter. I think every human has 'misfit potential', but are afraid to take off all the layers and masks to uncover their true inner being. I'm sitting here in my favorite worn, flare bottom, dragging the floor jeans happy to have caught your hub on the feed this afternoon. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Great job, Bill! Thanks for writing about all of us here on HP. I think you struck a chord with just about everybody. You know how to get under our skin!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro....Sgt. Joe Friday called. He wants his hat back.

      Up++++pinned, tweeted & googled

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, great reflections....yes, easier said than done, but wouldn't it be lovely if it could happen? :) Thank you Oh Insightful One!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I'm left-handed. Enough said, right? LOL

      We actually watched Scorpion when it debuted and loved it...then saw the second episode and cried....wonderful acting and message. Why am I not surprised that you and I love that show? :)

      Thank you my friend...you are an honorary misfit, or a real one....either way, you are loved.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Billy, I have always loved that quote by Schmidt. I'm not real comfortable in a cocoon....I need some room to spread my wings. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, I can always count on your for meaningful input. As a teacher, i saw the same things with the fringe groups...highly intelligent and insightful kids who were not about to speak up because of reprisal. Happily, some of us grew out of the fear and spoke up loud and clear.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Guess I was born grown up; I should have been a misfit (super shy) but since I didn't care I got accepted by most and because I knew I was one of the misfits I always befriended them not liking how they were treated and so I think was how I come out of my shell at least so much. Now and then not even a misfit wanted anything to do with me...guess they were shyer than me...probably someone like you. I bet everyone would have loved you if you had gotten over caring. Wish we could teach that to all of today's children. Just be yourself and not care who likes you...but easier said than done, I know.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      OK. The first thing I did was look up the trailer for Under The Electric Sky. The movie-goer that I am, somehow this one squeaked by. LOVED the trailer...LOVE your long hair...So mis-fitty cool! (I just invented a new word:) (long hair on a guy is great as long as it is clean, in my opinion...)

      I was also a misfit in school, I ate lunch in the restroom with about 3 other misfits. Shy, introvert, you name it. But your hub is terrific (voted up and awesome) ...I believe the misfits of the world are brilliant, talented, ....they see rather than look...you brought all that out. (loved 'no statement is a statement')...you describe the tattooed bodies SO perfectly...I saw a lot of misfits in the movie trailer...and I have decided I LOVE misfits.

      I would rather hang with a misfit than someone in a Vera Wang dress or a Calvin Klein suit.

      Never have I read such a vivid, spot on description of a misfit. And thank you for bringing up the word, I seldom hear it.

      You are correct. Misfits are brilliant. And, as you conclude, where would be we without them?

      I know you do not watch TV hardly at all, but there is a new show titled "Scorpion" about a team of 4 people. The head guy has an IQ of 197...together they have an IQ of over 700. The head guy said that people with high IQ's think mostly with their left brain...not their right brain, and that made SO much sense, as I have worked with brilliant psychologists and very intelligent people over the years. I have seen a serious side to most of them because they are thinkers.

      Thank you again for this wonderful write. I absolutely loved it. Blessings, Sparklea (PS: I iron wrinkled money and brush my teeth with my left hand even though I am right handed. Would that made me a misfit? :) My husband still loves me!

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      Dr Billy Kidd 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Eric Schmidt, the Google CEO, said that "If you're not called crazy, you're not on the cutting edge."

      Another thought: You're taking a risk by not taking a risk.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      It makes me sad to have seen so many of these kids labeled misfits. Personally, they were always some of my favorite students. They had original thoughts when you could get them alone to share it. They had better sense than to do it in front of the class. I think we are most of us misfits in some way or another and perhaps that should tell us that the prescribed mode of living and being is nothing but an illusion. Were it not, most would do it by nature and the massive amounts of programming we see from media to the way society is organized would not exist.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melanie, I love it....keep that nose in the book and the dreams in the sky. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Happy Anniversary, Bill. May we enjoy each other's writings for many more years. Hip Hip, Hooray!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, you hit the proverbial nail on the head...most people feel that they are strange and different....I wrote this for everyone with that in mind. Thanks for seeing that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kylyssa, what a great reflection. I can't think of a thing to add to it, and as a writer, that's an oddity. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you make me laugh. Yes, it's probably the hat. LMAO

      As for your reflection, I love it...break down those walls you rebel.

      I'll let you know if I ever decide to cut the hair. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I can always count on you for a great reflection. I have always enjoyed my own company, and really don't feel the need to socialize....I was always the peacock with the dull plumage, and quite pleased with it. :) Thank you as always, oh wise one!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you do, Mari, and I thank you for being a fellow misfit. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you must might be correct, Audrey, but there's no surprise in that. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the heads up, goatfury...much-appreciated.

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      caseymel 2 years ago from Indiana

      While others were either watching sports or playing sports, I was either reading a book or doing math puzzles. When I went to my class reunion, a few people asked if I went to school there. I replied: "Yes, I was the quiet one with my nose in a book".

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Nice to have you write an article, just about me. Oh, and all our other friends, here. Very fitting - this is my first anniversary on HubPages... this was my first account... Happy anniversary to me, on "misfit" day... seem altogether appropriate!! ;-)

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      I definitely saw myself in some of those descriptions. What I have learned over my lifetime, is that no one feels like they fit in. Often the "popular" kids, a decade down the line, will admit to being lonely. It really is hard to find your tribe and a community you can identify with.

      I love the Steve jobs video; very inspirational. Now, to keep writing......

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      Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      The thing about never fitting in anywhere is that it forces one to carve out one's own place in the world. It's still a battle to fit in, to fake the norm at least as much as bare survival requires but our pleasures can be real and our passions can be expressed. I can't imagine wanting to live without getting to be true to myself at least some of the time.

      I see young persons now embracing all those things I was disdained for loving decades ago. Obviously, the things, people, and activities I was drawn to were pretty cool if they've stood the test of time and the Internet echoes with them still in tones of delight. I wonder how many people back then would have really enjoyed them, too, if only they hadn't sought permission from society first?

      If you aren't careful, you'll let other people make all of your decisions for you and miss out on all of your own mistakes and triumphs. I can't fit in, even when I try, but I've finally begun accepting that and it feels like freedom to me.

      There's a great deal of freedom in being oblivious to the social conventions of the herds and packs and gangs. So long as what I do is not unkind, there's no reason to worry what anyone thinks of it.

      Thank you for celebrating our wonderful diversity!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      OMG! Sorry, but I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the man with the long hair. Would not hurt your feelings for the world, Bill. The problem, there in, lies with Me.

      When I was in elementary school, my life at home was a nightmare. I did not fair much better at school. By my first year in Middle School, I had learned to internalize my home life and I quickly learned that my peers responded to a warm smile and a "hello". I continued that line of thinking and I warmed up to everyone, when given the opportunity. I learned that I could never have too many friends and that all some people wanted was a warm smile and a caring attitude.

      I insisted on breaking down the walls between the misfits and the cool crowd because it made absolutely no sense to me. Each had something to contribute to my world and I could not understand how others could feel so differently.

      I lost more than a few friends but I could not play those crazy games. Race, religious affiliation, and the biggy, financial means, should never play a part in forming a caring friendship with others.

      I would not change anything about the diversified friends of my high school days, and the first years of college in the same town. The following year, I moved away and went to college in a different state. I still stay in touch with a few of my terrific friends of my youth.

      Maybe, it is the hat, Bill. Yes, it is probably the hat! LOL

      Have a GREAT DAY, my friend,

      DJ.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      As a 'bookworm' and essentially shy when young, I never made it into the 'cool' clique at school. I've never in my life felt I had to be surrounded by people to be happy because a certain amount of solitude suits me. (You must enjoy your own company in order to make that claim.) My friends during school were--you guessed it--other outsiders. Hail to the misfits!

      I've been in touch with some of them over the years and am pleased to learn they made their way in life marching to a drum heard only by themselves--and didn't do badly. Neither did I for quite a few years.

      College is the great leveler. The 'in' group tends to spend too much of their time partying, while the 'misfits' study and learn what they will put to use in life. The first group includes those who cheat on exams or pay content mills to write their essays and course papers, as well as some who decide early on to marry money so they won't have to worry if they flunk.

      Now, in my golden years I find myself being an activist for those causes which I hold dear and don't give a damn what the 'in' group thinks of me! If that makes me a misfit, I feel as though I'm in good company.

      Thanks for this hub, Bill. Voted Up++++ and shared.

      Jaye

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      dragonflycolor 2 years ago

      I love thy misfit ways!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Embracing that part of us that makes us different! A way toward finding peace within I think!

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I absolutely was a misfit at various stages of life, sometimes by choice and sometimes by... not choice.

      Just a quick heads up - you may want to move the external link at the very top down to the 2nd paragraph.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, thank you for the share and I'm glad you enjoyed this "hymn." :) Have a great day!

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      What a great prose hymn to the oddball. Loved its style and originality. Sharing on Facebook and Twitter