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!