My plan was to blog about weirdness today. Knowing my weirdness acutely and beginning to embrace it. The afternoon is fine and my neighbor’s mulberry tree beckons and it seems absolute folly to sit here much longer.
So. To make it quick: I have always felt myself to be The Weird Kid. I didn’t eat paste or anything, but I didn’t really speak to anyone either. Not if I could help it.
I’ve gotten over my shyness for the most part, which does help in navigating life. I expect a certain awkwardness at parties, is all.
But sometimes today, people look at me funny, say when I’m picking mulberries or juneberries by the roadside, or when I’m down on my knees harvesting weeds for a salad. When someone gives me That Look, I want to say, “Honey, this is the least weird thing I do all day.”
I mean, I sit at my computer and string words together for little to no remuneration.
I move energy around with my hands.
I talk to trees and bugs and plants and streams.
I ground people for a living.
On occasion a client or friend will tell me something sensitive and then ask, anxiously, “Is that weird?”
I say, No. As someone whose whole body will jerk when some invisible energetic shift takes place, I’m uniquely qualified to judge, and no.
Or rather, possibly, but with me, you can be as weird as you are. To borrow a Martha Beck maxim.
To my tribe: Embrace the weird. In weird is our strength.
Now I’m off to fill my bucket with mulberries.