A wise person once said, “A weirdo is someone who follows their heart. I’m definitely weird, ain’t nothing wrong with that.”By Natasha Nair
In my 18 years of living, I have come across some real weirdo’s. Ones that abbreviate words so much so that I don’t understand what they are saying, for example ‘LSHTYTFOIYC’ which stands for ‘laughing so hard your turban falls off into your curry.’ Others that sound completely ridiculous because they tend to shorten every word in the ‘dic’ (dictionary) – desperate becomes ‘despos’; calculator becomes ‘calc’; definitely becomes ‘defos’ and apparently becomes ‘apprents.’ Some have even planned their entire wedding at age 15 – 1. They have to marry a half Indian half Spanish/Italian man or woman. 2. Both the bride and groom need to enter the wedding on separate horses (so that the bride doesn’t get bored while she waits for her future husband to arrive to the wedding venue). 3. Shortly after the ceremony, the new weds must gallop away (on one of the horses) into the sunset. Although these ‘weirdo’s’ come from different generations, they are all child-like, crazy and for lack of a better word, simply weird. Yet, each one of them has the biggest heart I have ever seen and without them, my life would not have been filled with so much inspiration and joy.
28th January 2012, I leave to the city I am so in love with – Cape Town. There I will spend the next 4 years of my life; studying, meeting more weirdo’s and hopefully living the life. I plan to enjoy every day and seize every second, every moment because it is not about my happy ending (which would be marrying a half Indian half Italian/Spanish man and galloping away into the sunset with him), it is about my story. It is about living life to the fullest and having no regrets. In my 18 years of living, I have collected different sayings which I believe are a 4 point guideline that will equip the youth to lead an inspired, down-to-earth, motivated life:
“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
“Life isn’t a fairytale. Chances are if you lose your shoe at midnight you’re going to be walking home barefoot.”
“If God sends us on hard paths, He provides us with strong shoes.”
“Always remember you are braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem. Smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.”
I’d like to dedicate this article to the biggest weirdo’s I know – my family; who have not only motivated me, inspired me, taught me to follow my heart, helped me make my dreams of UCT come true, but whom have also provided me with comical tales that make up the entire 1st paragraph of this short article. Thanks to my family, I leave Durban, my home, my comfort zone knowing that I am well equipped for what the future has to offer. Thank you a million times over.
To all the young adults running off to university soon, have big hearts and just be weird. I know I am, ‘ain’t nothing wrong with that.’