"I remember when I was a little boy, people used to say to me: ‘Alan, you’re so weird. Why can’t you be like other people?’ Well I thought that was just plain dull, like having the same thing for dinner every day. And as is well said: Variety is the spice of life.” - Alan Watts
What does it mean to be weird? If you stray from society's norms, then people might accuse you of being weird. Throughout my life, I've been called weird many times.
Some people just have a low tolerance for differences. It makes them uncomfortable when someone thinks or acts in their own way. If someone calls you weird, I think it reveals an insecurity. They cling to a fragile sense of reality, and can't handle when someone appears to challenge it.
But life is more interesting when you're open to new things. Isn't it boring if everyone likes the same things and thinks the same way? We need the tension of novelty to grow and evolve.
My interests range broadly from things like insect photography to the French New Wave to fantasy football. I try to find something special about any craft or hobby.
And if you're interested in everything, you can connect with almost anyone. It's a great feeling to see someone's eyes light up when they start talking about their obscure passion.
So let's embrace weirdness and curiosity in all its forms. As Franz Kafka said,
“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”