I’m weird. I always have been. Different. Not like everyone else. I have my own unique ideas and interests. I learned to hide that weirdness at a very early age. We moved a lot when I was a kid. And when I say a lot I mean about every 2 years. I attended 8 schools by the time I was a senior in high school.
Kids can be tough. When you’re the new kid you learn to put on whatever mask is required for you to fit in, and boy did I cultivate a few masks! My desire to be accepted was stronger than my desire to be myself. So I stopped acting like me. Little by little I began to deny all of the parts of myself that I feared were unacceptable. Eventually, I forgot they were even there.
I was in my late 30’s when it hit me that I’d been pretending, wearing masks, and hustling for acceptance for decades. I was tired of it. So I decided to stop. I began openly pursuing my interests. I started saying no to things that didn’t interest me. I did the work required to truly accept myself. You know what? I found out I’m pretty great.
You’re pretty great too. In fact, I’m writing this blog because I think you’re AMAZING. I want you to know, like and trust yourself. I want you to LOVE your life, and you CAN. All you need is a willingness to take a look at your reality, and to tell yourself the truth while you’re looking. Here goes…
- Do you hide or deny parts of yourself out of a fear of being labeled weird or different?
- Do you pretend to like doing stuff you hate in order to hang out with a specific crowd or to keep the peace with your significant other?
- Is your desire to be accepted stronger than your desire to be true to yourself?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations – you’re human. You want to be accepted. We all do. The desire for acceptance only becomes a problem when you stop being true to yourself to get it.
It’s important to stay true to yourself because the things that make you different (and possibly weird) are the very things that make you special. And unique. And YOU.
The world needs you to be fully yourself.
It needs your unique combination of skills, strengths, traits and interests. You were born different because that’s how you can best serve. And the world needs you to serve now, in your unique way, like never before.
Consider this an invitation to come back to yourself. It’s time. You can start with today’s video coaching session. I’m going to teach you how to make your weirdness work for you in 3 simple steps. (Press PLAY already. It only takes a few minutes.
You’re worth it!
Step 1: Own your weird.
Step 2: Notice what you judge.
Step 3: Seek outside your bubble.
Give this week’s coaching tools a test drive, and let me know how it goes! Comment in the comments section below. I love connecting with you! If you aren’t already part of my community, please join at kimfulcher.com, and I’ll send your weekly coaching to your email every Wednesday. Finally, if you know someone who could use a lift, please share this blog. We all need a little support every once in awhile.
Take of your masks and stop shaving your edges. Your weirdness is a gift, and once you claim it – it will also become your super power.
Until next week, here’s to us weird ones and remember…
You Got This!