I have been blogging through the all month on the topic of unschooling, or organic learning. I made it to the letter Z. Here’s some encouragement to be zany!
I’ve been accused of being weird, I’m a bit odd to some people I suppose. I don’t always do things in a conventional manner, so if that classifies me as being weird, eccentric or a little zany, it’s a label I will happily wear. I was raised through the public school system, though I begged my parents to home school me during my senior year they wouldn’t have anything to do with the very thought of it. So we can’t blame it on being homeschooled.
“I’d rather be a little weird than all boring.”
― Rebecca McKinsey
The homeschool community is often looked down upon for being weird or different. I haven’t found the group of homeschoolers that we associate with to be particularly weird in my book, but then again I’m considered unconventional and odd by some, so why ask me? If we look through history we can find that those that thought differently were often misunderstood, but geniuses in their own right. I see nothing wrong with embracing our idiosyncrasies and celebrating our differences. It’s often the ones that think out of the box that become our breakthrough thinkers.
“I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.”
― Johnny Depp
So may I encourage you to embrace your zaniness? Think outside of the box. Be interesting and interested. Celebrate our children as individuals. Get out of the box, and think differently. It’s okay to not look like everyone else, it’s okay for every kid not to have the exact pool of knowledge at the same age. It’s okay to embrace what makes us special and celebrate it. As parents we can encourage this self acceptance and help build their self esteem. When we are silly and playful with our parenting this can help them feel more comfortable with their own self expression and learn to love themselves.
“That proves you are unusual,” returned the Scarecrow; “and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.”
― L. Frank Baum
So the next time you see someone and think they are weird, why not see it as a positive trait? Admire their differences. Our differences are what makes the homeschooling community so special to me. We are different from our mainstream peers, we are different from one another. Different is good.