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Liz McQueeney ’15

“You’re so weird!” This is one of the biggest compliments you can receive. It means you’re fun, unique, and not afraid to be yourself.  Now that we college students are really starting to discover who we truly are, it is okay to show our hidden quirks. Let’s celebrate individuality!

Everyone is strange in his or her own way. Being weird is simply having unique qualities that you aren’t afraid to keep hidden from others.  Being weird is accepting your quirks and embracing them. Being weird is being able to laugh at yourself. Being weird is not caring what other people think. Overall, being weird is fun!

Many people view weirdness as a downfall or a turn-off. These people are just insecure.  Those who are “too cool for school” go around acting all normal, and boring, and judging those of us who are having fun acting crazy.  You have to feel badly for them.  Just think about it. Who do you think is having more fun: the twenty-year-old kid who is quoting Spongebob or the kid who is just gossiping about someone?  Who do you think is more confident: the kid wearing a goofy bathrobe during a pregame with their friends or the kid checking themself in the mirror to make sure they picked out an appropriate outfit that’ll impress the people at the bar?  Who do you think has a better sense of humor: the kid laughing at an inappropriate joke or the kid holding in the laugh to look cool and sophisticated?

Some view quirks as imperfections.  They are certainly not.  Our oddities are what make us unique.  Everyone has quirks, but only the special people in someone’s life get the privilege to see exactly what they are.  Our quirks are what people will remember about us.  Those who share a special bond with you will cherish the fact that they know something about you that most people don’t. The more quirks you have exposed to someone, the closer your relationship is.  This being said, don’t hide your weirdness. Instead, embrace and share it with those who are deserving, and you will lead a happy life full of confidence and great friends.

People are afraid to be weird. Don’t be afraid! Learn to love yourself and not care what people think about you.  If you want to watch endless videos of unusual animal friendships, make up your own words, sing random sentences, laugh uncontrollably at an inappropriate joke, make funny faces, dance like no one is looking at Hanleys, wear mismatched socks, and have fun: do it! Being yourself will only help you in the long run. You will gain true friendships with people as weird as you and you will be genuinely happy with the person you are.  As Dr. Seuss once said, “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love, true love.”

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