We all have things that make us a little…strange. Most of us keep our weirdness a secret. Some are just desperate to fit in with everyone else, convinced if we just try hard enough we can look normal. But deep down we know that we are just hurting ourselves in the end because there is something so fabulous about being your true self. What’s even better? Finding that special group of crazies that are freaks just like you. That’s when true freedom takes over, that’s where the magic is.
I am what you might call a late bloomer. It took me years to embrace my weird, to admit it even to myself. I was a closet writer (sometimes literally writing in a closet!) and my beliefs about the world make it hard to always fit in. I am a Christian, but I believe the Bible is true in the most literal sense which makes even my fellow Christians uncomfortable. (Honestly, it makes me uncomfortable, too! Have you read this book? Some of it sounds crazy!) I love fantasy and paranormal fiction, movies, and tv shows. I play World of Warcraft, homeschool my kids, use essential oils, have vivid dreams, find inspiration in trees, and write fantasy books for teenagers. Oh yeah, and I have a secret affection for dubstep. My life is weird and not in any way normal. The truth is, there aren’t a lot of groups where I “fit in” because there aren’t that many people who are weird like me. But that’s okay. I have found a few here and there who let me be weird, who even seem to like me for it, and that’s all I need. Sure, I’d like to be the queen of nerds in my own little corner leading a group of like-minded freaks who can all have a secret clubhouse with a club motto and a secret handshake, but until then, I’ll be content with a few friends who cheer me on and challenge me to be the best me there ever was. And in return, I vow to cheer on the freaks I meet along the way.
Tomorrow I get to introduce you to my brand new series chock full of freaks you are going to love (and maybe a few you’ll love to hate.) But today, I am celebrating the freaks in real life, the brave beautiful people who aren’t afraid to stand up and be themselves. Let’s cheer on the fabulous freaks around us. Maybe your voice will be the one that gives them strength to be who they were always meant to be. So, who are you cheering for today?