Aleya Seranno - Weird Is Awesome
“Weird is awesome!”
My Friends and I are always saying this. We are kind of like crusaders for crazy uniqueness because we are the group that stands out and is a considered to be more than a little weird. We like things that no one really knows about. That is why this subject is so important to me. The words we say and the way we act can change the people around us. Think about your words and actions and how you can change them to affect people in a positive way.
People can feel afraid to be themselves. They can feel afraid to say what they want to say and can feel uncomfortable in their own skin. I have a friend who was going through a tough time and she felt like no one understood her. She hardly spoke to anyone for three years. She felt like she didn’t belong anywhere. No one disliked her but she was alone because she did not have any friends that she could truly talk to. She believed they would not understand. Then my friends and I started to hang out with her. She started to open up more and show her true colors. She began to change into this amazing person. She was always amazing; she had just finally found her voice. No more whispering, just confident funny conversation. We accepted her when she was quiet and we accept her now for who she has become. All too often there are people who are worried they are going to be judged if they act like themselves. This makes me sad. We miss out on the amazing people they could become if we let them know that we would accept them. We accepted my friend for who she was and now she is a whole new and happier person. I guess what I am trying to say is be yourself.
People say be yourself all the time. I think what people really need to know is that they will be accepted when they take the risk and be goofy or like the things that are considered uncool. Actions speak louder than words. When you get rejected or teased for the person you really are, it leaves scars that can take years to heal. If you stepped out of your comfort zone and someone told you how awesome you are for being you (and meant it), that kindness would stay with you and change the way you feel about yourself and others. I feel that caring can have a domino effect; I accept you and then you accept someone else making us all a little happier. I hope that the people who think they are weird, or do not quite fit in hear my message. You are awesome just the way you are. Find your true friends based on who you truly are. We all have struggles and life can be very hard, but if everyone lent a helping hand, maybe you could make some new friends and change things for the better.