93% Weird Original Art
Compared to most fruits, pineapples are weird. That’s not usually a compliment, but in our household, being called weird is a badge of honor.
Don’t get me wrong; it is possible to be too weird. you know, licking-the-salt-off-of-almonds-and-putting-them-back-in-the- bowl kind of weird. So our rule of thumb is that you should shoot for 93% weird; anything after that is just too much.
The truth is that most of us aren’t anywhere near that level of weird. When we were kids, at the very beginning, we were all weird. But eventually someone sees us living our bliss, decides it’s weird, and shames us. We get made fun of in the schoolyard, on the bus, or across the dinner table. From then on, we take heed of the things that could get us ridiculed, singled out, and shamed, and we stop doing them. We smooth out the rough edges and start hiding our weirdness. And one by one, little parts of us die.
Possibly the greatest tragedy of our lives is that we spend so much time conforming to the world around us, just to avoid that feeling of shame ever again. When we surrender our weird, we are imprisoning ourselves and handing over the key.
We need to embrace our weird. It’s too expensive to pay attention to what everyone else thinks. People only have the power to shame us if we give it to them. You’re not weird, you’re free.
This colorful artwork by Jason Kotecki comes in a variety of sizes. (Prints and canvas reproductions available here.)
24"x24" Original Painting. Oil on canvas, made with professional quality archival grade art materials.