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A Penny for Your Quirk

We all strive to be perfect in some shape and form in our lives. It might be from the small to the big details in life that we create certain expectations for ourselves.  But what happens when the people in our lives do not live up to our own expectations.   What happens when we being to judge our neighbors cookie eating habits? Or our best friends messy kitchen? Or maybe our Mother’s flare for wearing neon pink with a tiara?

The going gets weird

It is at those times perfect gets in the way of seeing the people we are meant to see in real life. We all have our quirk and foibles. Some of us chose to hide them and others strut their quirks with pride. It is those quirks which can be delightful eccentricities that we can grow to love in our friends and family.

At the same time the person who masks those quirks has the ability to judge the rest of us for making steps forward to be who we want to be as we try to accept who we are in the path to happiness.

It is as a friend and I sat over coffee we stumbled into a conversation.

“Why do you think she tries to be so perfect?”

“I don’t know.”

“It must be exhausting trying to keep up with the Jones?”

“Did you ever think it might be exhausting just to be you?”

“What is that suppose to mean?”

“You are judging her for trying to be perfect while you try not to care what people think who judge you?”


“Well which path to happiness is better?”

“I don’t know. But both paths seem exhausting.”

We all try to be the best we can be  in our own little world. Some of us just try to be good, others try to look perfect, and the rest just thumb their nose at us. All I know is at the end of the day I would rather be quirky than perfect. I really believe it is too much work to dress to please and have everyone like me.

What is your favorite quirk? How do you flaunt it?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

16 replies

  1. I do love quirks, and I am a pretty quirky person myself and have always been judged on flaunting them, but I don’t mind other people’s quirks. When I was massaging the clients who became my client base were super quirky, but that’s totally what I loved about them! And, I love animals wih quirks too, like even our bunny now is very unusual for a bunny, she is very much like a diva, but those little unique things are why I love about eating new people. So, I really enjoyed this post and can relate to the judging of quirks, and the acceptance and fun of them too.

  2. Just a huge, HUGE amen to this! I do have moments where I fret what other folks are thinking, but by and large, life’s too short.

    Something I think of as a quirk that others might thinking of as a PITA (or similar) is my forthrightness. I like being confident enough in myself that I can speak my mind forthrightly, knowing that some will be turned off but that those who aren’t will likely be lifelong friends. I cherish conversation reflecting this comfort. And it works really, really well for my job. 😀

    1. Thank you! Life is too short! I don’t do well with relationships that are passive aggressive and would prefer someone to be forthright with me as I would be with them. I don’t like trying to read minds and hope people are comfortable to express how they feel. It’s relationships that are based on false pretenses that never work and makes for horrible friendships.

  3. I am quirky. I love striped tights with pencil skirts and studded belts and mismatched but coordinated earrings. I’ll be 60 next week. Dressing up is fun.

  4. I can’t leave dishes in the sink when I leave the house because I always think that, should I happen to die, whoever is going through my home afterwards will see the pile of dirty dishes and think I was a slob.

    That’s pretty quirky!

  5. Lets face it, I’m just like you I suspect, in not paying too much attention to what people think. In the main, as long as I appeal to the people I like and respect, and non of them seem to fussed about keeping up with anything

  6. My favourite is my akward tooth….i am not sure how to explain it, but it sticks out a bit. Once, i got a face drawn on it…. I love quirks in everyone. Thats actually what i look at. Like my boyfriend, his is his laugh. He sounds like a drugee and i LOVE it. 🙂

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