For some reason at varying points in my life, I allow my freak flag to fly. This is not to say that I am a normal person all of the time, keeping my weirdness trapped in a cage, but rather, I feel more comfortable sharing all of the wonderfully strange quirks that make me who I am at specific times. Usually, a person has to know me for a few hours before I just jump right in quoting lines from great films such as Sweet Home Alabama and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. However, sometimes I find that I just can’t keep all of my thoughts and witty remarks to myself.
As I have gotten older, I have rid myself of any sort of filter. My philosophy is: better to ask for forgiveness than for permission. Recently I have decided that people generally embrace my weirdness or at least give it an awkward laugh. Those awkward laughs fuel my fire. I tend to believe that any laugh means that I am a comedian. My witty remarks and commentary usually generate sweeping judgments which span from “that girl who brings up Star Wars in almost every class”, to almost being nominated in an alternative superlative for “Most Likely to Have a Moonshine Still”. Something that I have gotten over in 8th grade was the ability to care about the negativity in these judgments. Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself.
A life lesson from middle school I will never forget: don’t be afraid to be different. I was consumed with the idea that all people should like me. My solution to that was to become a cookie cutter version of those uppity, yuppie, middle school girls that I loathed. I still can’t believe that I wore that many tight shirts with giant logos on them from stores like Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. I’m glad I finally accepted my weirdness. I now build lightsabers, create GIFs, film short comedy videos, construct boomerang launchers, sew a fly Supergirl costume, learn to play a banjolele, talk about John Williams’s brilliant compositions, and I don’t give a flying fig about why people think that’s weird. I do, however, appreciate when others enjoy my quirkiness.
Chelsea Bolt is an Indigo Sea Press author of the young adult novel Moonshine. For more information check out these sites: