Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The A-Z of Positive Personality Traits - Q is for Quirky

The A-Z of Positive Personality Traits - Q is for Quirky - www.crestingthehill.com.au

Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is Q - and Q is for Quirky. This was a trait a little bit out of left field. I'm sure there was a more sensible one I could have chosen, but I truly believe that quirkiness is something we should all aim for - it reflects our individuality.

As a young thing I was all about fitting in with the crowd - wearing the "right" clothes, saying the "right" things and generally keeping within the status quo. As the years have passed me by I have come to realize that blending in and being beige is not the ideal. I am finding my voice again and discovering all the elements that are intrinsically my own. Why would I want to swap that for being like everyone else?

Quirkiness is where we each have our individual special traits. I love meeting someone who so comfortable in their own skin that they can wear something weird, or dye their hair a strange colour (or cut it off, or dreadlock it, or whatever). People who write poetry, or sing songs out loud, or dance to the beat of their own drum. People who are not afraid of being themselves and who don't care if they are being judged.

The A-Z of Positive Personality Traits - Q is for Quirky

Life is teaching me that nobody judges you half as harshly as you judge yourself. Nobody is really looking all that hard at you and nobody cares if you are a "bit out there". Most people admire a little bit of free-spiritedness (as long as it doesn't impinge too heavily on their own little world).

So let's embrace our idiosyncrasies and shine our lights and be a tiny bit quirky. Be proud of who you are and what you like - who knows, you might even create a new trend!

See you next time for the continuation of Positive Personality Traits - R is for Relaxed.


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17 comments:

  1. I love the word "quirky" - it just makes me smile.
    It has taken me a very long time, however, to learn to embrace my uniqueness rather than wanting to always fit in.

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    1. I love it too - and I'm getting better at just being "me" even if that isn't quite what others think is right for a midlife woman - too bad! :)

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  2. I love the word quirky and I now need to go back to the start of your A To Z posts as I've not come across your blog before! I think individuality is a wonderful thing, I was bullied a lot at school and although I often shrank away, it was never my mission to blend in with those people so it encouraged me to find myself and my own path in life xx

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    1. Hi Hannah - I'm so glad you stopped by and I think children are pushed into being "normal" rather than standing on their own merits - it takes adulthood to really come into our own (and in my case it took until midlife!)

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  3. I love your letter Q for Quirky...quirky posts and articles is something I enjoy doing and a very well written one:)

    https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/%e2%80%8eatozchallenge-phlegmatic/

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    1. thanks so much Vishal - I love a quirky person and any post that sounds a bit interesting always draws me in - I'm off to visit your post now :)

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  4. I fully agree Leanne, being yourself is way better than blending with the crowd. Nobody really cares so much to wonder whether you are all prim and proper and like you said a little quirkiness helps you stand out and looked up to!
    A lovely take on Q!
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. It's a lesson I'm learning Kala - one benefit of getting older is that you care less about fitting into other people's expectations - midlife is for quirkiness!

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  5. I've found out that I'm learning more about my traits as I read your posts :D I can say now that I'm quirky :)

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    1. You have to be quirky to do all the travelling you indulge in Zeljka - it's beyond interesting and adventurous, so quirkiness is an essential requirement :)

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  6. I like quirkiness in other people - like Chef Anne Burrell and her crazy hair, and women who can wear vintage clothes and cat-eye glasses, and women who rock that Bohemian style of dress. I just can't get all parts to come together in one quirky package so I play it safe.
    Visiting from AtoZ
    Wendy
    Jollett Etc.

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    1. I'm a bit the same Wendy - I'll never manage to pull off a whole "look" but I'm letting myself wear or do things that make me happy - even if they are a bit quirky in other people's eyes :)

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  7. Yes, I have both a husband and son who are quite quirky, which is what makes them unique. I've come to embrace my own quirkiness thanks to them. Wonderful post.

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    1. I love the idea of an entire quirky family Robin - you can all support each other and bounce off the weirdness - it all sounds like fun!

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  8. I love that you chose the word quirky. I've been quirky all my life, but of course until I got older I didn't realize how valuable that was. When I was younger I always tried to fit in, and couldn't quite get there, so I always felt a little less-than. Now, I might be a little self-conscious, but for the most part I really just don't care what other people think. As you get older, you are correct, you find out what's really important. And when I break out into a dance or a song, it may embarrass my children to death, but it's just part of who I am. LOL someday they'll get it, right? Stay quirky my friend.

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