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In Praise of the “Slightly Odd”

People who know me, know that I’m slightly odd. They either accept my odd features and quirks or it drives them nuts and they have to get away from me as quickly as possible.

Those who have lived with other people who are slightly odd often recognize that I am amongst the slightly odd.

Let’s say on an airplane or sitting in a theater. (Not that I may ever be doing any of those things anytime soon!) But as I’ve walked the world, people react to me either with helpfulness or revulsion. There’s really not much in between. It’s not what sets me apart from them. Surprisingly, it’s what sets them apart from me.

Because there should be no problem with me being a little bit odd or in need of assistance, I don’t know, lifting my luggage into an overhead bin on an airplane, or being unable to maneuver through some crowd without getting stuck or smashed or jammed. I’m just not good at those things.

I have a lot of food issues. For instance, I have to take a lot of things off of whatever is served to me because of this issue or that issue. This is preventative. If there’s food that looks or smells like something that might not agree with me, I simply leave it. Even though I may have avoided many delicious things because I’m slightly odd cellularly so I don’t know if I could break out in hives or get super itchy, or my entire face could flush.

This can aggravate the adventurous eater, so there’s no way I can go out to a restaurant with those types of folks. Inevitatively, they want me to try “just a bite” of their food and I politely decline. And that should be enough. But usually, it bugs the living crap out of them. They will push and push and sometimes an entire meal out is ruined.

Therefore, when it comes to big things in life, someone who is slightly odd will decide not to chance it. Because we don’t know what the outcome is or could be when in truth no-one knows the outcome of anything that they do ever. You either do it, or you don’t do it. It’s a two-sided coin that both have the same side.

When you’re slightly odd, a lot of people just don’t understand that. I could do the thing and it could go great, or badly, or I could not do the thing and avoid all outcomes. This is really not a good way to live. Especially when it comes to big life decisions. Like ending a marriage. Also, the slightly odd people think if I end this relationship, who else will put up with my slight oddities. Not realizing of course, that there are other slightly odd people. Of course, the problem is, a lot of other slightly odd people bother us because we don’t like their kind of oddness. It doesn’t mesh with ours. We’d rather avoid that whole thing, to begin with.

We all go through major life transitions when relationships end… Through this website, I will share my thoughts as I walk the path of “New-Self” discovery. It doesn’t matter which side of 50 you are on. The real question is, Are you ready to live life? To forge a Path of Your Own Making (For a change!)? Then stop dwelling over the What-Might-Have-Beens and join me. Share your thoughts here, comment on mine, and let’s do this together!

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