What a weird kid!

A story about embracing those weirdo quirks you have and using them as the key to your success.

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This blog is inspired by this awesome picture I found on Pinterest the other day, check it out…

First of all, I LOVE neon! It’s the coolest but that’s not what I want to talk to you about. You know how certain triggers like music or an item of clothing can transport you back in time and evoke really powerful memories? Well that’s what this neon spaceship did for me.

When I was a kid I was a massive weirdo (not much has changed to be honest!) I had a big imagination and I fully embraced my individuality and quirkiness. I didn’t care if people gave me funny looks or told me I was nuts, in-fact I welcomed it. If there was one thing I didn’t want it was to be like everyone else.

One of the things that stemmed from this was the fib I told about being an alien. I told everyone that I was an alien and that at night when my parents thought I was asleep I was actually flying around in my spaceship. I don’t know where this came from, it was the 90’s so maybe it was from these guys being everywhere…

For the longest time I thought my Dad believed me, it was ages before I realised that he was just humouring me. I loved that he encouraged it and played along. He saw the importance of being a weirdo and embracing your individuality - great parenting tip for you there.

As I got older of course I wanted to fit in more but I always managed to stay true to myself despite peer pressure and internal battles between doing what I wanted and joining in with the crowd. An example would be when I was a teenager, the years when you discover alcohol and drugs.

I have always been a huge light-weight and very sensitive to alcohol, I can only have a few drinks before I start feeling sick and then it’s just no fun. A lot of the time I don’t bother drinking at all, I can have just as much, if not more fun being sober without the empty wallet or the spinny, sick feeling at the end of the night.

Of course my friends at the time didn’t get this because they were all getting wasted and partying. For so long I thought that because I didn’t drink or do drugs, that made me boring. I remember thinking I should just do what everyone else was doing, but very quickly decided against it because I knew it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t fun and I’m all about seeking out the fun, so I stayed true and embraced my individuality once again.

Since starting my entrepreneurial journey I feel like I’ve come full circle. I’m not going to try and convince you that I fly around in a space ship at night, but I am going to tell you to get back in touch with that weird kid you once were (not an assumption, all kids are weird and I’m betting you were no exception).

Embrace your individuality and your quirks, they are the keys to your success!! They're what make you stand out from the crowd, they're what people resonate with and above all it's when we're being truly authentic that we have the most fun and feel the most connected to what we're doing.

Amy Shefik

Happiness Coach, The Fierce Flamingo

I help people navigate their way through the challenges and expectations of being a grown up in modern society, whilst building happiness, self-worth and having more fun.