Nothing Wrong In Being An Eccentric

I would like to think of myself as a free spirit. It wasn’t always so. In my younger days, I wanted to conform. To fit in and to please people. It was not a goal that I could achieve, because even then my inner self would rebel. So I abandoned this quest and by the time I reached my fortieth birthday, I came to the conclusion that I am a free-spirited individual. For me to be a regular, conforming person was not a doable.

So I can say that I am an eccentric! That doesn’t mean that I have twenty cats and have strange habits. It just means that I behave by my own rules. Mind you, my rules are not outside those of the society. They are perfectly reasonable rules, that I to go by. But they are not the ways of average people. I have an urge to act unconventionally, specially if I am supposed to follow the norms that are around us. If the world, or society thinks that something should be done in a certain manner, does it make the only way it should be done? No to me. I would follow my own heart and do what I think should be. So instead of being a sheep, I elect to be my own guide and follow my own piper.

 

Written for the ;Word/expression of the week –

eccentric (adjective) – (of a person or their behavior) unconventional and slightly strange. Synonyms – unconventional, uncommon, irregular, odd, strange, weird.

eccentric (noun) – a person of unconventional and slightly strange views or behavior. Synonyms – oddity, character, individual, individualist, free spirit, misfit.

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44 thoughts on “Nothing Wrong In Being An Eccentric

  1. I so like this because I can relate! I’ve always considered myself eccentric. Like you, that doesn’t mean I have strange habits but I walk to a different beat than some. Great post and thank you for joining the challenge.

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  2. Namaste Sadje 🙂

    There is only ever regret and a long list of should haves if we are not truthful to ourselves. It takes courage to be different: to be and remain independent of and liberated from mainstream life. That is not to say deviation should be transgressive – there are boundaries and socially accepted norms – but within the realm of our inner world our imagination knows no such limitations. Externally, and dependant on where we may live in the world, we are free to express ourselves and to act in accordance with our desires in pursuit of happiness. I don’t know about your Sadje but I find writing offers all the escape I’ll ever need from our tortured, convoluted world turning on an axis of fool’s gold. I am quite sure there are many on planet Earth who feel they do not ‘fit in’ with the herd: some perhaps who wish they had been born on an entirely different planet altogether.

    And so I say, be different and celebrate that difference and never give-in or surrender to convention! Far better to be wild than be caged by traditional thinking, staid conformity, or non-adventurous expectation: if one is born to be wild – born to fly – then why contain that spirit?

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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      1. If only our existence were all a never-ending dream inside the head of the Great Alchemist and not a reality made manifest in matter: then life would be perfect! As it is there will always be compromise to our values, beliefs, wishes, dreams and desires. Sometimes I’d like to stop the world and get off: take my chances in the great void and see just how far I’d get.

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      2. Namaste Sadje 🙂

        Supposing an alien race offered us, the people of Earth, a choice to either stay on Earth and continue to exist as we do or return with them to their world and behold wonders the likes of which we could barely imagine whilst living in peace and harmony? What would you choose to do Sadje? Would you stay or go?

        Why would anyone choose to stay?

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      3. Namaste Sadje 🙂

        Ah, I see. One wonders how and why you established this alien race to be an enemy when they’ve merely come to offer the people of Earth a simple choice?

        But the question still stands, would you go with them Sadje?

        Personally speaking, I’d not hesitate to go!

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      4. Namaste Sadje 🙂

        Ah, yes fear of the ‘alien other’. Interesting. Given they have travelled through time and space merely to offer a wonderful choice to the people of Earth, my understanding of them would be based on trust rather than fear.

        But okay. Now supposing that same alien race imparted great wisdom to the people of Earth that would redefine and evolve us as a species and progress humanity in all ways for the better. Would you fear the changes that may ensue or would you welcome and embrace them? 🙂

        Indeed that is the saying: but whether it is wise to assume difference should be feared is another matter. There is also another saying that suggests ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      5. Namaste Sadje 🙂

        Hmmm, an interesting response.

        One hopes the vast majority of the human race would embrace such visionary counsel and actively set-about bettering life on Earth.

        But so be it Sadje your choice is made and I shall email you from the farthest reaches of Space and Time. I wish you happiness amongst the enemy you feel more at home with on Earth.

        So-long, farewell, adieu my friend….

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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  3. I’ve always been a bit of an oddity, attracted to the other misfits. At first it was hard on me, but eventually I learned to ignore the comments from “normal” people, especially my peers. It’s funny so many of us are here on WordPress. Thanks for sharing.

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