Put up your hand if you ever feel weird. Maybe you feel it often? Like, daily?
Wow, that’s a lot of hands.
Well, I’m gonna tell you that weirdness is a completely subjective and contextual thing. It’s a personal perception (attitude, belief, idea) more than it is a global reality. The only place it really exists is in our thinking. That is, our understanding of what’s normal and what’s weird. For example, take your run-of-the-mill weirdo (as perceived by you) and put him in a room full of similar weirdos and boom, he’s now normal because he’s ‘just like everyone else’. In fact, a ‘normal’ person walking into that room would now be the weirdo (contextually).
The truth is we’re all weird or normal, functional or dysfunctional, typical or atypical depending on the situation, environment, culture and group-think. While the Trekky (Star Trek fan) in full garb might be totally normal at a Star Trek convention, teleport her to a corporate setting (for example) and she might be considered a giant weirdo.
In fact, what many of us consider to be weirdness is often closer to the normal-ness end of the scale but the thing is, we keep our assumed weirdness to ourselves in the belief that nobody thinks, feels or behaves like we do, when in reality, we’re all kind-of-the-same. Much more than you would ever think. As a coach, I’m always talking to people who feel like they just don’t fit in. They feel different. Misunderstood.
Weird in a sea of (perceived) normal.
Well, unless you eat your own armpit hair, bark at small children or wear nothing but Ugg Boots to work, your weirdness is normal.
And so are you.