“Stop being such a weirdo.”
I’m gonna make a prediction: at some point, probably while at recess, someone said this to you—or they said something very much like it.
We are trained from birth to conform with the expectations of others. We are precision-engineered to please those around us. And let’s be clear: there’s enormous value in being able to get along with our fellow human beings!
But if what you want out of life is not the same thing as your parents want, as your friends want, as what society keeps telling you you should want…
You’re going to have to walk an uncomfortable road.
You’re going to have to be… some kind of weirdo.
It’s true. If you want something different from what other people get… you have to do things that other people do not—or will not—do.
For some of us, this comes more easily than for others. But don’t kid yourself: the odds are stacked against you. Forces within and without will try to convince you to “just be normal”. Just try to fit in. Just go along with everyone else. Same clothes. Same job. Same hobbies. Same life. Why isn’t that enough for you?
If it’s not enough, don’t worry, weirdo. You’re not alone. Today we’re going to give you—no. We’re going to get YOU to give yourself permission to be as weird as you need to be.