Portland is a weird city.
t’s a place that promotes individuality, expressionism, eccentricity, local art, as well as atypical lifestyle choices and leisure activities.
Think of this way. In the middle of the country, the guy who wore a nametag everyday was weird. But on the coast, I was just another one of the freaks.
That’s why I relocated there right after college. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t know anybody, and I’d never been there before, but somehow, the vortex of weirdness sucked me into its gravitational pull.
I’ll never forget my first day in town. I looked around and realized, for the first time in my life, nobody is making fun of me here. Whatever I am is okay. That must mean I’m home. That must mean I belong.
Finally. What a relief. Now I can just relax and be myself.
Portland, of course, doesn’t have a monopoly on weirdness. There are plenty of weird cities in the world.
The point is, human beings are at their best when they’re weird, and when they’re enabling others to become weird as well. And the best part is, weirdness doesn’t cost money or require a costume or demand that you poke holes in your flesh.
Only that you own your truth. That you make peace with everything you are. And that you find healthy outlets make your rough edges known, one creative act at a time.
Seuss said it best:
We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.
My wife actually recited that quote in her wedding vows. Guess we chose wisely.
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That Guy with the Nametag
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