On Differences

I have always been something of a “freak.” Seriously. I named my car Remora (it’s the suckerfish that lives on sharks). I love sharks (and most sea creatures actually) with pretty much an undying passion – I want to throw a stuffed shark instead of a bouquet at our wedding. I don’t really care about the things I think a lot of people care about. In short, sometimes I feel like I am doing the opposite of what everyone else seems to be doing.
So then it’s funny how much of my life I have spent trying to fit in. I don’t want to be put in someone’s “weird” category where they judge me for being different. I just want to be me, Potassium! But you know how it is, you categorize people: There’s that weird girl that I don’t quite get. There’s that guy who seems like he’s sooooo full of himself. There are those people who do (whatever) when I think they should be doing (this other thing). I think it’s natural in a way. But I also worry that sometimes it prevents us from really just embracing people as they are.

I think there’s a fine line between respecting people’s differences and using differences to isolate people. I’d rather use differences as a jumping off point for getting to know people instead of as a label and a reason to stay away. It’s hard but maybe it’s something good to strive for.

About the picture. It’s from a graphic novel called “Bayou Vol. 1” by Jeremy Love which has great art even though I don’t like the story. I thought the picture was fitting for today’s post though…

4 thoughts on “On Differences

  1. yay for Sharks! and for being different and not trying to change :) I think I would be more surprised if you didn’t have lots of sharks and skeletons at your wedding.

  2. Bouquet of stuffed sharks at a wedding (with them biting a few flowers would be AMAZING…only problem is …would you really want to throw it to someone else?

  3. and a note about people who “fit in”. I find them boring and let them mingle with other people who are burdened enough not to express themselves. Difference is good, and unique and should be embraced. Why bother worrying what someone else thinks, they won’t be the person you want if you have to fit in enough to get their attention to begin with.

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