Zangief saying labels not make you happy. Good, bad, nggghhhh... you must love you. - Zombie from Wreck it Ralph
I feel like the past few posts have been all about transitioning from my old life at Western to my new life at Piedmont College. Just by being home, I have been cleaning out old childhood toys and am preparing my mind for a "grown-up job". In many ways you could say that I am still trying to figure out who I want to be in this new environment. People are constantly changing, so it only makes sense to do a little soul searching from time to time to ensure you are on the path you want to be.
When it comes to seeking out your new future it is important to take things into perspective. I was having a conversation the other day about how it is good to be weird. I would also want to be weird before I was normal. Normal can be boring and can limit yourself from thinking outside the box whereas being weird provides you with more freedoms in life. Although I must say that the residents who others consider "weird" are usually the most fun students to be around because life is more of an adventure, you should also take into consideration what is the final goal in your journey. Being unique can be a good thing, but to some, being weird suggests there is something wrong with you or people assume you won't fit into the expectations of society. It's all about making a good balance of things. Yes, I could go off the deep-end and plunge into the waters of super strange or unapproachable, but that is not who I am as a person.
Some friends of mine make fun of me because I dress in costume from time to time during programs or events to further push the theme of the night. By doing this, I am breaking the ice and making people feel more comfortable and are less likely to feel like a fool in front of others they don't know (I'm too busy looking like a fool for everyone, and I'm okay with that!). But is all has to be done in proportion. If I was to run around campus all the time in a Dracula costume, I lose the meaning behind the costume. Yes some people do that and all the more power to them, but that is not who I am as a person.
I'm not sure what I'm trying to get at with this post, but I guess the main final remarks I want to make is to encourage you to take some time and reflect on who you want to be as a person. Don't be afraid of standing out or not fitting into society because there are plenty of others like you in this regard, but before you can even begin to love others, you have to love yourself.
About the video: This song got me through some difficult times during high school. Although it does have some underlying tones of religious topics, I always liked the song because it was about searching in the world to find where you truly belong. Sometimes we don't have a lot to lean on, but you will find where you are meant to be from the support of others around you and maybe even some spiritual guidance. Take so time to actually listen to the lyrics, the 1980's style music video might be a bit distracting, but try to still enjoy the song. :)