I saw a challenge on Get In The Hot Spot to “write a blog post on your own blog about how you don’t fit in or what makes you unique.” (Blog post: 35 Ways I Don’t Fit In — Its really fun, go read it.) I know I’ve had my moments when I’ve felt like I didn’t fit in, so it certainly made me chew on what my own list would contain. So many things I feel are unique to me aren’t that unique when I really think about it… but I’ll give it my own shot. (However, due to today’s time constraints, my list will only be 20-items, versus 35.)

  1. I truly over think things. Like this list. Am I truly unique in this or not? I constantly try to see both sides of any issue, and I always want to be way more prepared than necessary. It’s never lead me astray to be over-prepared, but it’s also kept me from taking many days where I just “let it all go” and “live in the moment.”
  2. I looked forward to turning 30 since I was 18. I feel like my 30s will the best decade ever… and yet I am in total denial that I am now 30. Go figure.
  3. I’ve been in three wedding parties, not counting my own. And I will be in one more coming up.
  4. I love to plan parties. I will fuss and whine and complain while I do it, but when its over and done… I can’t wait to start planning the next one.
  5. I can’t understand anyone driving without a head’s up to what is going on around them. I seriously can NOT wrap my brain around the idea of not looking ahead to anticipate what is going on, not making note of whats coming up behind them, and who is merging beside them. Similarly, basic traffic laws are not something I forgive being ignored easily. I can understand we all make mistakes (heck, I’ve made plenty myself! I am NOT perfect at ALL.), but seriously… some things aren’t mistakes, they’re flat out blowing off the law. Driving is something I love to do, but that I have very little tolerance for stupidity within it. People who forget that the vehicle they are driving can also kill someone need to just hand over the keys and stop driving…
  6. My husband and I are 13 years apart in age… and it works just fine for us. I married my best friend. THAT is what matters the most.
  7. I drove a Ford Taurus for a year or so in high school. Otherwise, I’ve always driven a pick up truck, and I don’t see myself changing that any time soon. I’m a pick-up girl! (Specifically Ford Trucks!!)
  8. When I was about ten years old or so, I told my parents I wanted a red and white pick up truck. When I was in high school, I got a red and white pick up truck.
  9. When I was in elementary school, I said I’d be in the flag corp/colorguard. When I got to high school, I was in the flag corp/colorguard. (LOVED IT! One of the very few things I truly miss about high school days.)
  10. When I was a child, I said I’d go to Texas A&M University. In 2003, I graduated from Texas A&M University.
  11. When I was in second grade, I said I’d been a school teacher…  I’m not a school teacher.
  12. I like to let my hair down and have fun, but I’m also keenly aware at all times of what is going on around me. I don’t like letting my guard down and giving off any appearance of myself that is not accurate. It happens, but it super rare.
  13. I truly believe that sometimes you really do have to hit rock bottom to make an even larger leap in success.
  14. I think the Golden Rule applies in all things, even though it seems to be a lost value today.
  15. My parents own a bookkeeping and income tax business, and while I’m far from a fan of math… I truly enjoy working for them. I wish Nashville was a lot closer to them to work there more regularly, and I am grateful my husband is supportive of my at least going to work for them full-time through tax season.
  16. I still look up to my big brother, and I forever admire him and my sister-in-law’s parenting skills. They’re kids (my niece and nephew) are amazing, and that’s a huge testament to their parenting skills.
  17. My biggest fear in life is letting people down. Specifically myself and my family. However, it applies to everyone. I know I can only do the best I can do, but I still have this horrible fear of letting others down.
  18. Pet peeve: if its something in grammar and writing that you learned in third grade, don’t do it wrong now. Specifically, it is not 15$ its $15. Do it right, people. Seriously.
  19. I’m a total wimp when it comes to pain, and yet I’ve been told I have a high threshold for pain. Yeah, I don’t get that either.
  20. I admire so many people, and I want to be just like them “when I grow up.” Or I want them to like me as much as I like them. However, I also know I can only be me and I refuse to be anything else. So I embrace unique me and hope that is enough for everyone else. Because I refuse to change or compromise my beliefs just to be “popular.”

3 thoughts on “Quirkiness”

  1. Hi Denise, thanks for accepting the challenge and acing it:) It’s amazing how much you already knew about yourself as a child and then followed through with it when you grew up. Your final message hits home. I wish I’d had the wisdom to know that when I was younger but thank heavens I do now:)

    1. Thank you putting the challenge out there! It really made me think… and it’s kept me thinking long past it!

      I’ve had people ask me for advice about “what do I do on a first date?” and my response is to always just be yourself. It’s forever the best policy, and you know people like you for YOU… not for the act you’ve put on for them. It’s always such a novel idea to people, but to me its just logical to do. Ah well!

      Thanks again!!

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