Friday, November 11, 2016

A bunch of weirdos makes a family

When you’re the kind of person who thinks differently and carves their own path and opts out of the mainstream culture and makes personal choices that fly in the face of conventional wisdom, it’s important to create spaces to remind yourself that you’re not insane. 

To surround yourself with other likeminded and like hearted weirdos who don’t make you feel like an outcast for being who you are. 

Home, after all, isn’t where you live, it’s where you’re understood. 

It’s where you feel seen and heard and felt and got. 

It’s where you walk in the door and they know what to do with you. 

It’s where people embrace all the little quirks that the rest of the world makes you feel insecure about. 

It’s where you never have to think to yourself, I would be better off somewhere else. 

Portland was the first city to make me feel this way. I relocated there after I graduated college to start my publishing company. 

And it was the strangest sensation. Because although I didn’t have the language for those emotions at the time, something about that place just made me feel, well, normal. 

For the first time in my life. I looked around and thought to myself, I found my people. 

And not because of a demographic, but because of a disposition. That’s the thing about belonging. If you’re willing to search for it, you can find it everywhere. 

Because it has nothing to do with geography and everything to do with biography. 

If reminds you that you’re not insane, it’s home. 

Do you remember the first time you found the place where you could finally let out a deep breath that you had no idea you were holding?


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