“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” — Alice Walker

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I’ve always been weird. As a little girl I much preferred my own company and had a very hard time understanding my peers. I had very few friends but I had no problem at all keeping myself entertained with scraps of fabric, magazine clippings, construction paper and glue.

In my teen years, my weirdness started to really come through in my fashion. I wore fake nerd glasses looooong before it was cool. I wore tiaras, thrifted sports jerseys with mini skirts, men’s neck ties and customized my clothes with glitter paint and markers.

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By then I knew I was weird and accepted it. I was picked on but I never backed down from being who I was. The kids finally grew bored with picking on me a learned to accept me. I never tried to change who I was because that’s just who I was and I didn’t know how to be anyone else.

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Now I’m 31 and I’m weirder than ever and I’m so happy with myself. Keeping up with trends and and trying to fit in just doesn’t interest me. I listen to strange music fusions, I find mainstream entertainment to be terribly boring and I hate for my clothes to match. I don’t mind the stares or whispers. To me, that’s just validation that I am a truly unique person. If I walk past someone and they don’t stare, I get a little worried and think, “Oh, no! They think I’m boring!”

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Don’t ever be ashamed of being quirky and strange. It’s ok to be weird! Weird is beautiful. Weird is exciting! Weird is what makes life interesting. Just as long as you’re not hurting anyone, do whatever you want and be whatever you want.  “Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.” –Oscar Wilde

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2 Comments on Weird Like Trees

  1. Ruth Ellerbe
    December 20, 2016 at 11:49 pm (7 years ago)

    I definitely connect with you even though I am 75. I am more weird than ever and love it. I am a mix of boho, hippie, gypsy, vegan -nothing matched -my clothes, home and the more weird the better. Always follow your own weird.

  2. Cate
    July 25, 2020 at 1:21 am (4 years ago)

    This helped me so much! I’m 47 and I’ve finally decided to stop pleasing others on how I am and start making myself the happy one. My clothing style is odd, my decorating in my house is odd but I don’t really care anymore what others think. I’ve struggled with confidence issues ever since I was a teenager, this article has helped me move even further into creating the real happy me. Thank you ☮❤


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