How to totally own being weird

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Preppers and minimalists alike get a bad rap.

They're weird.

Trendy.

Silly.

Paranoid.

Reclusive.

Unrealistic.

Strange.

They're nerds, goofy, insane, creepy, and bizarre.

They have weird views.

They're into conspiracy theories.

They're always religious and always conservative and always, always, uptight.

Only, if you're reading my blog, you know this isn't true. I don't know that it's ever been true. Yes, there are weird preppers. Yes, there are being going minimal to impress their friends. That's not most of us, though. That's not all of us.

I had a friend years ago who was the coolest. Rockin' Air Force chick who kept her hair long and her eyes bright. We used to scour thrift shops for picture frames because she would use them for paintings she did herself. We once argued over an old quilt we found at a thrift shop and I won, but she found a playpen for her baby and I was jealous, so we were even.

It was fun.

And it was simple.

She made being a minimalist seem normal because she only lived with what she needed. She never called herself a minimalist. She was just her. She was just herself.

A lot of people thought she was weird, but she didn't care because she was happy with herself. I've never forgotten her fun attitude or her carefree demeanor. Whenever I get in a spot where I begin to worry about other people, I think of her and the fact that she was so centered on her goals. She didn't lose focus because that would have detracted from what she really wanted to accomplish.

Whether people think you're weird because you don't have very many belongings or they think you're weird because you prep for earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, or power outages, the only thing that matters is you. The only thing that matters is that you're happy with who you are. Do you look in the mirror and feel great about what you're accomplishing? Do you feel satisfied with what you've been doing? Are you happy with what you're working toward?

There will always be people who think you're weird, but it doesn't really matter. There's nothing wrong with being weird or different. Isn't that what we're always trying to teach our kids? Friends will come and go, but you have to live with yourself forever.

This week, I want to encourage you to stay focused on your goals, no matter what they might be.

Try not to worry about what other people think. You can't spend your life worrying about that, and when you choose to focus on things like minimalist living, prepping, or homeschooling, you'll find you have too little energy and too little time to waste on people whose opinions don't matter.

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