Have you ever noticed that passionate people are a little weird?
People who have something to say. People who have a cause. People who have joy. People who have something to be excited about.
Those people are often a little off.
On Friday night, Megan and I were watching Food Inc on ye olde Netflix. I’d seen it a few times but, while she’d read all the books (what books hasn’t she read?), Megan had never seen the film. As we’re finally being introduced to the organic farmer who still handles every bit of the production process, I blurt out, “This guy’s a little weird. I love that.”
Followed by, “That sounds like a blog post.”
Yup, passionate people are a little weird. It’s that excited edge to your voice, the feeling that you just can’t shut up, the smile that comes from making your point, or the scowl that comes from talking about your particular brand of evil. Those are the trademarks of a passionate person.
They’re also the things that make us feel self-conscious. Five minutes into an impassioned ramble, we hear the weird come out and we stop. We shut up. We apologize. We change the subject.
But that weird is how we make our mark on the world.
Own your own crazy.
Not because it’s schtick, because it’s you.
– Jonathan Fields
The people who change the world, build communities, and make a name for themselves & the things they care about don’t shut up when the weird comes out. They don’t change the subject even when they’re in a room full of people who might not care.
Passionate people let the weird out and the weird becomes a magnet for other passionate people.
If you’re struggling to find your place in a community or develop a message that resonates with the people around you, let your weird out. Don’t say what you’re “supposed to say” or do what you’re “supposed to do.”