Reveling in My Weirdness

Do you ever think about how other people perceive you?

I had someone who doesn't know me very well tell me this week that I "revel in my weirdness" or words to that effect. My response to this was along the lines of "Well, normal is highly over-rated."

This comment seems to have been prompted by the fact that I was going to stop by one of Boston's historical cemetaries on my way home from the bar that we were at. I thought it was a fairly normal thing to do since I'm using epitaphs & tombstone iconography in a couple of pieces that I'm working on. And since the graveyard was across the street it seemed like a good time to do a little research even though it was 9:30 pm. As a side note, this is a fabulous old graveyard & one of the best in the city to see the progression of tombstone imagery detailing the movement away from the very strict Puritan beliefs concerning death to a more moderate view that included the belief in an afterlife. Guess it's a good thing I didn't mention that I'm a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies. That would have totally freaked him out. But, I digress.

I guess until he made that comment, I never really thought about how other people perceive me. I'm just me & my life is just my life. I've always been painfully shy so I use humor as a buffer & I'll be the first to admit that my sense of humor is more than a little twisted & dark. I'm not terribly social & tend to spend the majority of my time when I'm not at the office or at school with my books & in my studio working. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not losing sleep over this. I'm really not all that concerned about what people think of me. I just thought it was a really interesting comment for him to have made.