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The Odd One

Being the odd one is scarier than people make it out to be. You hear things like: you have to be odd to be number 1, or if you’re odd or different then you’re probably right and a lot of other things that make it look like the odd ones are the cool kids and it’s just easy being odd as counting 1,2,3…

Well, it isn’t!

Being the odd one is probably the most difficult thing you’d ever have to endure being. It is more difficult than when you’re rejected by friends because of a difference in view. Being the odd one means wondering why people look at you like something is wrong with you almost everyday of your life.

It means wondering why you can’t, for once, think like everybody else and see things the way everyone else does.

You’re the one everyone thinks is a weirdo.

But they don’t just think you’re a weirdo. You’re actually one.

Think about it. When you’re gathered with peers or even on a one-on-one basis, why do you have to be the one that thinks everyone else is being silly and they are paying attention to mundane things when there are other pretty important stuffs to worry about?

Why else would you get bored even when surrounded by people who seem to be having a good time?

Well, of course everyone is unique in their own way. That’s not the only kind of odd that exists. Even as unique as everyone is, we still have similar interests. But why does it seem a herculean task for you to find someone who loves the same things you do?

It’s simple – you’re odd. You’re a weirdo.

But odd can mean two things: it can mean being yourself, not giving a crap what people think, or  consciously going out of your way to stand out (no pun intended).

The second type is what people mostly refer to when they tell you and post quotes about being odd. It is when you have your eyes on a prize, a prize only you can see, and so only you have to do things other people don’t see as important (that is, paying the price) so that you can get the prize.

In the end, the two types of odd have something in common – it is a lonely life.

And though, it is a good thing to be odd, either way, you have to know, it isn’t an easy road to walk. You mustn’t expect everything to be easy, and expect people to pat you on the back for being odd. Rather, you must brace yourself for a lonely journey and keep your eye on the price. Because in the end, it’s worth it.

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Author:

Joel O. is a mathematician with a passion for writing who believes in the power of the mind and what can be achieved if one can 'imagine' it and work towards it.. He is a writer, a poet and a blogger. He is also an editor for Rainbow Chaussure and Executive Editor at Dalet Institute.

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