“You are weird!” – 4 tips to thrive while being truly “different”

As a creative, you do not wake up each day deciding how to be different. You simply are. So, you survive daily interfacing with a non-innovative, creatively-crippling, Big-Brother-ish world that screams the Borg chant “resistance is futile, you will be assimilated” at 137dB. That is pretty loud, by the way. You are weird!

Recently, I have had a few people of high stature in ministry settings openly confirm this about me. The collective has spoken. I am different. I think backwards. Everything I do is part of a narrative, a story that expresses ideals, hopes, and dreams. Sure, that fedora just called my name, but the reason it moved me is a story. My dad wore them. And, so did my father-in-law. They both loved hats. So, I put one on even before they became mainstream-hipster.

You see, the mantle of manhood in my mind is wearing these hats. My son gets it. I just gave him my first fedora last night. He proudly put it on his head first thing this morning. Telling a story is what I do. I connect to the hat. It is not just a trivial fashion statement. But, it is apparently part of why someone might call me “weird” and diminish a prophet’s words.

Assimilating to a collective to become a mindless drone appeals not to I. In fact, it is detestable to the point of sacrilege. God made us in his image as sub-creators. Our very nature is to express, create, and innovate. Rebirth, reinvention, and recreation are necessary in being human. Redemption from our Creator allows creativity to converge for not only the greater good of all we touch, but to survive beyond us into eternity.

Several times I have been called weird in recent days, and I imagine some of you are jealous that your inner weirdness has been repressed to not have experienced that joy. If you are weird, maybe this list will help:

Embrace being different as a badge of honor, not a point of shame. No one should be ashamed for how God actually designed them. To embrace it gives the opportunity then to have it redeemed.

Reflect on how you are different and the things that move you. Doing so may give you some connection to the deeper meanings of your uniqueness, such as wearing a fedora.

Express yourself with joy, rejecting spite. It is tempting to say, “I’ll show them” and then tattoo something you regret later. And, why be angry when being who you really are? That makes no sense.

Emulate Christ, not your critics. We all are tempted to please people. The more we simmer on critical voices, the less we listen to God’s voice. Emulate the real thing, not the talking heads that keep you down.

Edit yourself with humility. I do love hats. But, I should never make my connection and story to them an entitlement. I need editing, and so do you.

How are you dealing with being weird or a weird wannabe?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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