When I was growing up, I used to feel like an outsider. That I didn't really belong, and I didn't know where I fit in. It was like I needed to live on the Island of Misfit Toys from that classic Christmas special that used to come on t.v. every year when I was a child.
Thankfully, I grew up, and although it still took me a long time after that to become comfortable in my own skin, I was still sort of an outsider in that I was not sure who I really was, not sure what I dreamed about, not sure what kind of goals I had in life.
But now, I know that being a "misfit" is part of who I am. It means that I am unique & quirky. If you were to ask my daughter Alice, she'd tell you that she often informs me "Mommm! You're so weird!" or, "Mom, you're such a dork!" But that doesn't get my feathers ruffled; it makes me laugh! Because I have embraced the misfit in me, I can embrace those remarks. My usual response to my darling daughter is something along the lines of "yeah, but I am comfortable in my weirdness!" or "yeah, but I'm YOUR dork!" Then I think of something else to say or do that is even weirder, just for fun and giggles. I am super blessed to have a strong bond with Alice that has allowed us to have a lot of fun together at an age where it is not so common to have that with your teen. Believe me when I say I know what a gift I have in that!
Misfits have freedom, too. Misfits don't feel pressured to conform to fit in. They don't look for outside opinion to validate who they are as people. That is something I was overly concerned with when I was growing up. Now? Not so much. The only opinion that truly matters to me now is what the Lord thinks of me. I am far from perfect but try hard to live in a way that honors Him. I also know that my mom is watching over me from heaven, so I try to honor her in everything I do as well. Misfits are free to be themselves, and unless that means being a serial killer, terrorist, or demon, it is a good thing. People who are worth having in your life will love you and accept you no matter how low or high your "misfit" percentage is. I confess that I rather enjoy when my goofiness compels my daughter to call me weird.
So, never be afraid to be you. Be unique, quirky, weird, goofy and silly. That is what makes you a misfit and makes you special. It makes you real, and it makes you worth knowing. We have more fun, too!! This world needs more quirky, weird, goofy and silly if you ask me. If you need me, I'll be on the island playing with my toys!