Be weird.

If you’ve been reading my stuff for any length of time or if you know me even a little bit, you can probably safely say that “normal” is not a word that many people would use when describing me. I mean, I have a normal body in that I have the proper amount of everything, so in that respect, I guess you could say I’m normal, but when it comes to my personality or my brain… not so much.

Now that we’re planning a wedding, Fiance and I are having a lot of fun with our weirdness. We’re just not incredibly conventional people and we want to incorporate that. We’ve never been fans of doing things because “that’s the way it’s done.” In fact, I think that’s the most dangerous sentence anyone can say.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not being married by a llama (oh my gosh, we should totally have a llama officiate our wedding…) or anything, but we are breaking the mold in certain ways. That’s not actually what I’m here to discuss, though.

I’m here to just say this: Embrace your weirdness. This isn’t a new message, nor is it a completely original one, but it’s one that I’ve been saying to myself a lot lately now that all of these decisions are coming up.

When I think of my heroes from film or books, it’s always Luna Lovegood and Pippi Longstocking that come to mind first. It’s always the delightfully eccentric and bizarre girls who are so unbelievably comfortable with who they are, even if the rest of the world can’t figure out how to be. I love that about them.

The two of them are disrupters – not for the sake of disruption, but for the sake of authenticity. They’re true to themselves and with the people around them. They do what they like to do and live life the way that they want to live. They don’t care if it means that they get funny looks or whispered about or scolded.

Is there anything more admirable?

I will never accomplish the level of awesome that Luna or Pippi did, but I sure as hell try every day to get there, and on the days when I feel like I come close, I’m really, really happy.

So all I’m here to say today is that I want you to embrace your weirdness. Live your life in the weirdest and most honest and loving way possible. Have fun with everything that you do and smile at the weird looks you’ll get, because the people who don’t or won’t get you aren’t the ones you want approval from anyway, right?

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