Some autistic people have a problem with the word ‘weird’ when used in connection with autism, but I don’t see it as a bad thing. I see it as being ‘a side effect of being awesome’.
It wasn’t always this way. Years ago, I fought my weirdness. I tried to be like everybody else at great cost to my mental health. Yes, some autistic people make great chameleons, but even the best chameleons among us need recovery time – such is the effort required to pull this thing called ‘life’ off.
Where’s your will to be weird? Jim Morrison
Fighting against my weirdness was like trying to keep afloat on a punctured lifeboat. Despite my efforts to stay alive, drowning was inevitable. That was me for forty plus years – floundering against the current of conformity. Then, someone told me my ‘weirdness’ had a name. Autism. I’ve been swimming back to shore ever since.
“There’s a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough.” Alain De Botton
Some autistic people reject the word ‘weird’ and that’s fine. Maybe it’s because it’s used as a slur? If so, maybe we should we reject the word ‘autistic’ too? Because that’s also used as a slur.
‘Jonno just had an autistic moment ha ha ha.’
Lucky Jonno, I say!
I guess it’s about perception and personal preference, but I prefer to see ‘weird’ as a positive.
I like the weirdos – the misfits. They are vibrant and memorable. Also, where people see weirdness, I see creativity. The arts are full of weirdos!
“Weirdism is definitely the cornerstone of many an artist’s career.” E A Bucchianeri
Take Andy Warhol. Doesn’t get much weirder than him, but he made a fortune out of thinking outside of the box. At the time of his death, his net worth was equal to $220 million dollars!
P.S He was autistic!
When you suppress your weirdness, your light dims. It’s like shoving a 10 watt bulb into a 100 watt lamp. Those who embrace their weirdness, shine. It’s simple, really.
If people ridicule you off for being ‘weird’, it’s probably because they are about as interesting as watching cement go off. Take it as a compliment and reply with: ‘Oh that’s lovely! Thank you so much!’ and smile at them. Give them full teeth. Even if your smile is like Jack Nicholson’s in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Smile. In fact, all the better if it is, because it will freak them out even more! They’ll need to go home and have a lie down. Think about it: Why would they even bother with you if your awesomeness didn’t make them jealous? *taps nose*
Most of all, it’s OK to be weird because there is NO SUCH THING AS NORMAL despite what some people say. Norm is a boy’s name. End of.
If you are fortunate enough to be weird, embrace it. Work it. OWN IT. You beautiful weirdo, you.
~Weird people are the best people.~