I have lost all sense of shame regarding my weirdness. I’ve come to realize that the weird things about me are actually idiosyncrasies that make me who I am. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that these things make me interesting. Either that, or I have just stopped caring what other people think.
My first childhood obsession was The Wizard of Oz. I watched the movie on repeat, reenacted the tornado scenes with pop up tent, saw the play and dressed up like Dorothy twice for Halloween. The next year I dressed up like Glinda the Good Witch. Oh yeah, I also attended the munchkin convention for my third Birthday. Not weird at all!
As a kid, I was also allergic to red food coloring. It is in almost everything, so you can imagine how hard this was in school. Years later, I’ve becoming very aware of how the food I eat affects how I feel. I guess it’s a good thing I had to be so careful as a kid!
My second childhood obsession was Claude Monet, the French impressionist artist. In second grade, I wrote a whole report on “where I want to go this summer” about visiting his garden. I also dressed up like the main character from the children’s book Linnea in Monet’s Garden for Halloween that year. No one knew who I was, but I loved it. I could care less that my costume was the weird one.
In High School and College, I was the “skater girl” who missed a lot of school for competitions. My life was majorly consumed by skating and school work but that life made me who I am today.
Flash forward to today and I can go on for hours about all the things that make me weird. I’m a wife, a daughter, a friend, an Advertising Account Executive, a blogger, blonde and a former synchronized skater turned runner/swimmer/whatever I feel like at the moment that keeps me motivated. I am optimistic, clumsy, impatient, sarcastic, curious, adventurous, driven and shy when you first meet me. I’m also pretty darn weird. But that just makes me Katie!
Now it’s your turn to share! What weird things make you who you are? Any weird childhood obsessions? What makes you who you are today?