Never Be Afraid to Be Weird.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “[t]o be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
That still rings true over 130 years later, and it often feels that individuality is constantly threatened by the forces of conformity. We often experience this struggle at its peak during our adolescence, the time when we are still trying to understand ourselves while simultaneously attempting to move on from our childhoods and establish our own personalities, interests, and lives. For years, fictional teenage dramas have dealt with cliques, stereotypes, and the exclusion of those who are “different.”
Why is it we ostracize those who are most unique? Shouldn’t we prize individuality? Unfortunately, this often doesn’t happen until later in life, when, as young adults, we are more able to focus on pursuing our own interests and passions without the peer pressure so associated with youth.
Can you remember the most unique or odd person you’ve ever met? When somebody exists so far off our day-to-day radar, it often makes for a great story afterwards, so when Redditors were asked to describe the strangest person they’ve ever met, their tales did not disappoint!
Do your own stories top any of these?
lavafisherman: Dude on my bus in middle school once ate an entire aluminum soda can. No one was daring him to or anything, he just wanted to.
Nirheim: Is he okay?
lavafisherman: I don’t know whether you mean mentally or physically, but no, probably not.
mau5head15: Zion was quite the legend at our school. He was convinced he was born in the 60’s was about 4’10 had long long hair and walked around playing a guitar no matter where he was. One day he decided to legalise prostitution for people under the age of eighteen. He needed 10000 signatures. He got one. It was from his mom.
Project2r: Does that mean he didn’t even sign it himself?
biased_milk_hotel: Was he from Florida?