Monday Motivator: Be Quirky

A recent New York Times article described the eccentric behaviors of people who live alone. This, of course, was not news to me or my friends who are solo dwellers. Our quirky behaviors include but are not limited to the following:

  • falling asleep in a chair with a bowl of ice cream or can of soda in our hands.
  • eating a whole box of chocolate raspberry popsicles for dinner.
  • cleaning only when it’s clear that upon sudden death, people would talk more about the state of the house than the sadness of our passing.
  • talking to our pets, our plants, ourselves, or anything in our house (including one-sided arguments about the choices that Internet radio Pandora makes for us).
  • watching really bad television shows, the kind that we’d never admit to in public.

Now, you might expect that I will now bemoan this behavior and write about ways to make single life more ‘normal.’ NOPE! This is a call for everyone to explore their quirky side. There are millions of ways to live life, and we can get all tied up into a routine. So this week, look for ways to be just a little different. Do something that others might think is a little strange. As long as you’re not hurting anyone, you’re fine. A few strange looks won’t kill you.

Can’t think of anything? Here are some suggestions from some quirky people I know:

  • Buy a brightly colored scarf or cap and wear it proudly.
  • Eat dessert first or eat dessert for breakfast or make dessert a meal.
  • Sing out loud in the shower or on the drive to work. (And don’t worry about anyone seeing or hearing you.)
  • Try a catch-phrase for a day.
  • Write a love song to your librarian.
  • Get up early and see what’s going on when you’re usually asleep.
  • Keep a little rubber ball in your drawer and occasionally throw it to a colleague.

There is nothing wrong with being quirky. And unleashing your inner eccentric can sometimes help you come up with new ideas. And even if not, you’re probably going to have a little fun.



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