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Being Yourself

Updated on February 16, 2012
Silly is as silly does   :)
Silly is as silly does :)

Earlier today I encountered a minor bump in the road, in which I let someone's small opinion get the best of me. Partially because my hormones are acting like starving tigers stranded in some arctic region they had no idea existed before. This never helps any situation. Any way, the comment made by this person upset me, and not the way some might think. The details don't need to be extrapolated on. But after the small freak-out-cry-fest-episode was over I saw the problem in a new light. This comment had pointed out a quality of my personality that I love. I will be the first, and happiest, to admit that I am what others might call "weird." It's a natural talent of mine I have been perfecting since I was old enough to sing about the kitchen cupboard doors. But I have been made fun of plenty of times, been stared at. The stink eye is a common occurrence. Even from females as young as what appear to be nine years old.

What I am blathering on about is that being strange and random is one of the best things about me. I have been in love with who I am, ever since my best friend and I found out we were just as weird as the other. Life is no fun when you abide by the rules and regulations of being considered "normal." The mundane, the drab, the dull, the monotonous. That was one of the things I vowed to never allow enter my soul. Contain my 'young at heart' persona in a bottle and never let the world sand it down, wear it away.

And this earlier opinion has made me feel like I've been able to keep that promise. That being young at heart and wildly ridiculous has maintained some of it's visage in me. But then, is that a good thing? Or does it hinder my ability to survive in the working world. Is there a way for my uniqueness to last, while still learning to be professional and proper? Or do I have to let the bottle fall to the floor and shatter, exposing my weird personality. Allow those scrutinizing looks to permeate into my mind, to mean more than they should. Is this entire hub filled with dependent clauses that sort of hang there? Of course!

I guess what I have been struggling with the last few hours is basically just doubting my ability in the professional world. All requirements of open positions seem so daunting, and how does one acquire experience without first being given the chance to get it? It's one of those days where you begin to doubt all your abilities, but I'm putting my foot down on my ability to be weird and have a good time. Being strange is even more fun when coupled with other strange beings like yourself. Haven't you ever been to a comic book convention? (I haven't but I've heard many hilarious things.)

Here's to staying true to yourself and trying desperately to keep what qualities you DO like about yourself untainted by the outside world. If you love making cookies while hulalooping, keep at it. Singing all the songs from every Disney movie you've ever loved while stuck in traffic? Go for it. I'll pull up next to you and back you up in the chorus. Life is too short to over-think who you are after you've already figured it out. And to all those other weirdos out there who can see the humor and awkwardness in situations and bend it to your will, Cheers.

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*laura*

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    • Enigmatic Me profile image

      6 years ago from East Coast Canada

      The melancholy of pondering ourselves is somewhat of a gift in its own right. Thank you for sharing. To be or not to be..me... is THE question that people struggle with a lot, though, not many put it on paper for others to see. As a testament to your own journey you have delved into a matter that many shrug off and don't really ever self reflect on. Let your weird flag fly and enjoy life. No time to be spent on the looks others don when you are you, live the moment !

    • Larael profile imageAUTHOR

      Larael 

      6 years ago

      Thanks kenneth! Thanks for the encouragement. I really love writing. I hope I can publish at least one poem or story published during my lifetime. :) It is one of my goals. Have you ever been published, Kenneth?

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Larael . . .Fantastic hub. And wisdom. You are much wiser than your younger years. Thanks for sharing this great advice for a happy life with me and HubVille. You are a terrific writer. I urge you to keep it up.

      Kenneth

    • Larael profile imageAUTHOR

      Larael 

      6 years ago

      Right on Nils! We don't have to grow up, we can just get older. :) We can be ToysRus kids FOREVER! :D

    • Nils Visser profile image

      Nils Visser 

      6 years ago from Brighton UK

      Teaching the young, I find that they're actually very conservative, very much afraid of being "different" and standing out in a crowd. Sure, there's all sorts of subcultures, but that too is hiding in the safety of a group. So I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments, but enact my own weirdness by just acting my own age, as it were, pretty immune to peer pressure and all that.

      Voted up.

    • Larael profile imageAUTHOR

      Larael 

      6 years ago

      Thank you catalystsnstars! :) It's definitely been one of those days. But thanks for all the encouragement. It does help every once in a while to hear nice things about the way you think or the style in which you write. Let's keep smiling together! :D Have a great night fellow hubber!

    • Larael profile imageAUTHOR

      Larael 

      6 years ago

      Well that's awesome tsmog! Keep hubbing! Especially into those wee hours of the mourn ;)

      And I wish you luck with that haircut and trimming. Have a great night fellow hubber!

    • Larael profile imageAUTHOR

      Larael 

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much! :) I hope I can achieve those great things you speak of. thank you for the encouragement as well :D

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      catalystsnstars 

      6 years ago from Land of Nod

      YAY!! I'm glad you came back, with vigor!

      I've been stuck in a similar rut regarding the "professional" world, and the lack of so called experience. I feel like it's all a charade you know? Dress up, speak up, follow the rules. From kindergarten till death, that's what is pushed at you. There is no reason for you to feel inadequate when you have accomplished the goals necessary to make a place in society and this world. As for that unnecessary comment in the forum, well it seems it was necessary since you've found a new piece of yourself.

      Eventually the pieces of happiness will retain the modesty of grace as they descend into places of unimaginable quality. Happiness is found in that quality of which you place upon your lack of "shoulds". There is none, nor is there a unique source of smiles, therefore you are at will to piece together what you WILL.

      Well, that's just about enough rambling for me for now. Great hub, great person!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Well, I have one day of vacation left, odd stuff occurring, and need to get a hair cut and beard trimmed tomorrow to be acceptable - smile. I will have to sleep Fri night to function going to work Sat. But, your sharing has encouraged me to write one more hub tonight. I'm gon'na warm up the coffee pot now - thanks! Larael!

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      Isabella Mukanda-Shamambo 

      6 years ago from Fort Myers

      Kudos to you and to the girl who refuses to abide by the norm just because it is acceptable. No one ever changed anything for the good by accepting the status quo. Those who change the world and the way people think face an uphill battle in their lives but they achieve by remaining true to themselves not defiant to others. By the way, you are a very good writer and I believe a very smart person. I expect big things from you. Thanks for sharing.

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