I just wanted to write a bit about eccentricity and how people view it, please forgive me if this is in the wrong place, or needs to be taken down because it's completely out of turn for this website! :) I recently came across a few people who were very down in the dumps because they were odd and ostracized in our community even though they were lovely people! So this one's for people like me and them who need a pickmeup, to know that they're not alone.
I want to start by saying that I was the 'weird kid' at school. For the most part of my childhood I did not hang around with my peers or socialize, and spent my time reading, writing, and of course riding horses. My parents tried for a while to get me to socialize but it failed, simply put: I wanted nothing to do with anyone.
When I hit middle school it kind of hit me that I was weird. I would make small talk with my peers but avoided hanging out and heck, even gave myself lunch detentions to get away from everyone and study! (I put myself in the bully box for bullying.... myself
In high school I met a small group and we hung out, but I was still 'weird' and 'unconventional'. I read a lot, I preferred animals to people, I was naive about social cues and references. Heck, I was odd because I liked doing dissections and all kinds of academic studies! I was the odd duck who got a microscope for chirstmas and asked people for blood samples so I could continue the lab we hadn't finished in AP Biology. (Though to ease fears, I was never, EVER unsanitary or uninformed. I'm pretty sure that christmas season I put medical supply gloves out of stock! haha) Yes I was an odd duck. I have couple of skulls in a box so that I could study mandibles and jaws as well as teeth structures in small mammals. I read, wrote and breathed horror as well as science. Yes, in the eyes of society I was, and I quote: "A lost cause".
Now let me move on to my main point:
People by nature have some degree of eccentricity to them. There seems to be an attitude however that anything 'out of the norm' needs to be repressed. A person cannot like studying bones because that makes them a serial killer; a kid can't watch horror because it desensitizes him to violence, etc, etc. But through this all no one seems to want to address the point: do these 'eccentricities' make us unique? Or defile our character? I think that they add to a human's character. Yes there are some people who go round the bend a bit and develop homicidal tendencies but I believe that's a preexisting condition. 'Odd Ducks' are just that; unique and flower into wonderful people who can teach you a lot.
I realize now that I'm an introvert.... as well as several other things that my family genetics gave me. And I'm getting to be more okay with it. For a while there I felt (and still do) like society and my peers have no place for me. I'm an anomaly that shouldn't be in the world because of my eccentricities. Then it occurred to me: Our uniqueness defines us. There is nothing wrong with how you view the world, how you express yourself, and how you explore your world. There is only one you and no matter how odd, and how chastised for that you may be let it shine! Because as I was told once by a wise person: "Odd people like you make the world a better, less mundane place to live."
There you go! I'm cutting it off there because I'm sure no one wants to hear my rambles!